- Category: Blog
- Published: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:40
- Written by Larry Lewis
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"I am as comfortable seated on the back of a horse as I am seated at my desk at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food," said Commissioner LuAnn Adams shortly after being confirmed as the State’s seventh commissioner since the department was formed in 1921.
As commissioner, Adams will oversee a state agency comprised of nearly 200 employees who manage dozens of programs that regulate the agriculture industry, and protect food safety and fair commerce.
Adams’ priority programs include: The War on Weeds, whose goal is to reduce the threat of catastrophic fire and increase farm and ranching productivity; the UDAF’s ACES (Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship) program that recognizes farmers for their stewardship practices; the Utah’s Own program that helps consumers buy locally-grown foods as a means to stimulate the agriculture economy; and the Grazing Improvement Program (GIP) that helps maintain healthy rangelands and grazing practices. Commissioner Adams is also dedicated to maintaining a critical regulatory presence for food safety and consumer protection responsibilities
During a recent visit to her cattle ranch and dry farm in Western Box Elder County she emphasized the importance of family in running a modern-day cattle ranch. She and husband Bob, have turned the day-to-day ranching duties over to their children, but they can’t stay away, especially when there’s work to be done.
Commissioner Adams and husband Bob inspected about 100 mother cows that had recently given birth. It is important to monitor both mother and calf at this stage of life to make sure they both remain healthy.
According to the just released Census of Agriculture - 2012, the number of farms in Utah has increased to more than 18,000 in the past five years; from 16,700 in 2007 to 18,027 in 2012.
Land in farms decreased from 11,094,000 acres in 2007 to 10,973,000 in 2012.
Farm revenue is up 28%, from $1.4 billion in 2007 to $1.8 billion in 2012.
posted: Feb. 25, 2014