Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Former Agriculture Commissioner Miles "Cap" Ferry Remembered


Former Agriculture Commissioner Remembered

(Salt Lake City)  Former Agriculture Commissioner Miles “Cap” Ferry was progressive in several areas while serving as Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

     "His leadership benefitted the agriculture industry, Utah’s thousands of farmers and ranchers and the citizens of Utah," said LuAnn Adams, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. 

     Under Governor Norman H. Bangerter, he headed the Governor’s Agribusiness Task Force that stimulated Utah’s rural economy. He helped develop the predecessor to the Utah’s Own program called “Product of Utah” which helped agricultural producers increase sales as well as helping initiate the local food movement. 

     Other programs that Ferry is credited with advancing include the successful eradication of the gypsy moth, the funding of an important animal health diagnostic laboratory, and during his time in the Utah Senate, he introduced legislation to fund the successful ARDL loan program that continues to help farmers and ranchers conserve resources and the environment.   

     Ferry died Friday March 31, 2017 at age 84. He served as Agriculture Commissioner from January, 1985 to January 1993.







posted: April 4, 2017