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 that works to improve our 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.