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- Published: Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:54
- Written by Larry Lewis
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A photo project documenting Utah Agriculture
(Salt Lake City) Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams, is challenging all Utah farmers and ranchers to celebrate National Agriculture Day, March 18, 2015 by taking a snapshot of their farm or ranch, on that day, to document the many aspects of Utah agriculture.
Much to celebrate in Utah on Agriculture Day
The Utah agriculture industry is responsible for nearly 80,000 jobs…is a $17.5 billion industry with direct/indirect sales….represents 14% of the state’s economy. Agriculture contributes to a strong work ethic of the young people who learn to work on the farm.
The local agriculture movement remains strong in Utah.
Utah is among a hand-full of states where local food sales are on the rise.
Utahns spent nearly $16 million in 2012 on locally grown foods; that is an increase of nearly 60% over the previous 5 years.
10% of our 18,000 farms sell directly to the public; that’s a higher percentage than the national average of 7.8%.
To sustain our momentum, we are encouraging local farmers to find more long term markets such as adding value to a raw product. For example; if you grow and sell strawberries, create a unique kind of strawberry jam; Or sell your raw product directly to restaurants or local grocery stores.
This Day-In-The-Life of Utah Agriculture project is intended to record the typical activities of farm and ranch life in Utah on this special day of the year.
“This year we want to celebrate and document the hard work that our Utah family farms and ranches perform each day,” said Agriculture and Food Commissioner LuAnn Adams. “I know it is hard work growing our food. But I hope our farmers and ranchers can take a quick timeout to capture a glimpse of what they do on this special day,” Adams added.
The photos will be assembled in an online album to be published later in the year. The photos will also be considered for reproduction and display in the Department’s main office building in Salt Lake City.
Photos will be entered in two categories; one for cell phone cameras, and one for digital or film cameras.
This is not a contest. You are already winners just being in agriculture! Every usable photo will be included in the album. Include a sentence or two describing the photo, who took the photo, and your farm/ranch’s name.
Photos must be taken on March 18, 2015 to qualify. Photos cannot be returned and must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Contact Larry Lewis at (801) 538-7104 with any questions.
Photo ideas include but are not limited to: milking cows, moving equipment, any aspect of calving or lambing, any aspect of life with livestock, mechanical repair, family members and activities on the farm, children helping out, poultry, farmlife, production agriculture, small farm agriculture, soil preparation, planting, irrigation, roadside fruit/vegetable stands, farmers markets, and etc. Any photo during the 24 hours of March 18 is eligible.
Contact: Larry Lewis - Desk (801) 538-7104 - Cell (801) 514-2152
Utah has 18,000 farms and ranches, and the vast majority of them are
owned and operated by families, like those in the video below.
Members of the Clark Family Dairy and Tagge's Famous fruits and veggies talk about
what it means to be a family farm in Utah.
A few examples of photos around Utah.
Pleasant Grove blossoms
posted: February 20, 2015
updated: March 18, 2015