Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Commissioner's Office

Commissioner of Agriculture and Food

Commissioner LuAnn Adams
Biography

 

LuAnn Adams was appointed commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in 2014. Credited with excellent organizational and collaborative skills, Adams is considered resourceful, conservative, trustworthy and self-motivated as she maintains constructive rapport with regulators, stakeholders and the public with a ‘can-do’ attitude when pioneering innovative projects.  She is passionate for preserving and protecting the healthy growth of agriculture, food safety and economic development of agri-businesses.

Prior to her appointment to the UDAF, Commissioner Adams served as a Box Elder County Commissioner where she led efforts to create the state’s first county-adopted Sage Grouse protection plan aimed at keeping the bird off the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list.  As commissioner she initiated a $2.5 million improvement project for the Box Elder County Fairgrounds to help increase tourism and local revenue.  She served on numerous boards such as: The Utah Association of Counties Board of Directors, UAC Legislative Committee, Past President of the Utah Recorder’s Association, USU Advisory Board, NACO Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee. Prior to her county commission service, Adams was elected Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk/Surveyor and served until becoming county commissioner.

Adams was born in Pocatello, Idaho.  Her family moved to Wells, Nevada where she fell in love with ranching and declared she wanted to spend her life living and working around livestock; and she did.  Commissioner Adams and husband Bob and five children and 12 grandchildren continue to live in Box Elder County where the family operates a cattle ranch and dry farm. 

Her favorite things to do are ride horses and help on the ranch.  She enjoys buggy rides with her husband where one can smell the good smells of nature. She loves cooking and traditions are big at the Adams’ house. 

Commissioner Adams enjoyed high school barrel racing and pole bending prior to graduating from Wells High School. She holds an Associates Degree from the LDS Business College of Salt Lake City. 

She has compiled a book entitled; “Box Elder County Historical Photo Tour”— 2,500 hardbound and 2,500 soft copies were published.  Sales went towards preservation projects.

Created in 1921, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is one of the oldest State agencies and oversees dozens of legislatively mandated programs that promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, conserve our natural resources and protect our food supply. One important program is the Utah Grazing Improvement Program, which works to improve

Utah rangeland and watersheds. In the area of food safety, the Department inspects the State's 4,000 retail outlets and food processing plants for food quality and safety and correct item pricing. The Department's Utah's Own program works to reconnect consumers with their food supply and promotes the benefits of Utah's locally grown and processed foods (which represent 14 percent of Utah's economy). The Department also protects animal health and the State's $1 billion livestock industry as well as guards against invasive plant and insect species.

About the UDAF

 

 


  Scott Ericson
Deputy Commissioner

The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for and coordinates all of the daily Department activities and works with each division on their program budgets  and goals. The position coordinates the Utah Horse Racing Commission, and is the Treasurer for the Agriculture in the Classroom Program, promulgator of all Department Administrative Rules and collector of predator assessment head tax. The Deputy Commissioner serves on the Utah Dairy Commission and Utah Dairyman's Association as an ex-officio member. The Deputy Commissioner also oversees and coordinates the Department's SUCCESS Program that is an outcome-based measure of our performance.

 


Larry Lewis
Communications Director

Larry Lewis, Public Information Officer


The Communications and Public Information Office is an important link between the public, the agriculture industry, employees, and other state agencies. The Communications Office publishes various brochures, articles, newsletters, and web pages as well as creates displays and computer presentations. Larry also writes news releases and responds to news media enquiries about agriculture and the UDAF. The office is responsible for web page content, and has added video-tape capabilities to produce video news releases and video clips.


 


Dr. Chris Crnich
Agriculture Homeland Security Director

Dr. Chris Crnich, Agriculture Homeland SecurityIn recognition of the increasing potential threat of agricultural terrorism, Commissioner Leonard Blackham has established a Division of Agriculture Homeland Security within the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. The mission of this division is to organize, plan, mitigate, train, educate, and maintain awareness to the potential threats to Utah agricultural department personnel, state emergency providers, agricultural producers, and public consumers of agricultural products.



 


Kathleen Mathews
Administrative Assistant


The Administrative Assistant organizes and schedules the many appointments and meetings for Commissioner LuAnn Adams. Kathleen is the official recording secretary for the Agriculture Advisory Board, the Utah Horse Racing Commission and the Animal Damage Prevention Board. Kathleen also assists Deputy Commissioner, Scott Ericson in coordinating the daily department activities.

 


 


Melissa Ure
Policy Analyst


The Policy Analyst reviews new and existing regulations while helping shape new department policies and programs.  Melissa's current efforts focus on federal environmental regulations and their affect on Utah agriculture as well as provisions of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Melissa holds a JD from the University of South Dakota. Melissa also coordinates the Utah Agricultural Mediation Program and serves as the Department's hearing officer.

 

 


 

Sarah Dalton
Executive Secretary


The Executive Secretary helps coordinate the daily flow of activities associated with the commissioner's executive team.  Sarah also provides support to the Utah Association of Conservation District's administrative staff.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 Updated: Feb. 19, 2014