It’s only a small slice of the entire food industry pie, but organic foods are increasingly satisfying the taste buds of United States consumers, particularly with the expanding wallets of Millennials.
According to the Organic Trade Association, organic food sales contribute 5.3 percent of the total U.S. food market. But the organic foods growth rate has been hovering around eight to nine percent in recent years, compared to only three percent growth in the overall food industry.
Supporting that growth is a demand for organic food inspectors to ensure the safety and integrity of this niche market. That makes recruitment and training an integral part of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF).
On an average year, UDAF recruits and hires a number of inspectors that receive on-the-job training in areas such as seed and fertilizer inspection. From there, a select number are given the opportunity to receive advanced certification training in organic food growing and processing inspection through UDAF’s partnership with the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA).
“These trainings are essential to proper organic food and processing inspection techniques,” said Bracken Davis, deputy director of UDAF’s Plant Industry Division. “They learn the rules to a very complex program with lots of exceptions and that helps us ensure that consumers are getting what they expect.”
Davis went on to say that the eight to nine percent industry growth rate mirrors the need for more inspectors as Utah has seen its fair share of that increase. As such, he hopes funding for this program will continue to grow to meet the demand.
The most recent organic certification training was held in Ogden this month over a two-week period with the first week devoted to crop inspection and the second to processing inspection. Of the 18 attendees, five came from Utah. Others came from western states and one as far away as Florida.
“It’s been very good,” said Matthew Serfustini, a UDAF compliance specialist and organic food inspection trainee. “There are lots of specific examples – things I never would have thought of that link to the code and give you a better view of inspections generally.”
The 2018 Utah Legislature passed several bills involving cannabis, The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is the agency responsible for implementing and enforcing many of the new cannabis-related laws. The information on this page and links to other pages and documents relate to the new laws and the rulemaking process. As this process continues there will be opportunities for stakeholder and general public input. Please visit this page periodically for updates.
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During Layton City Master Plan Update public meetings in October 2017 and January 2018, residents voiced their support for two ways to retain some agriculture in their city in the face of rapid growth.
One proposal would allow developers to develop at a more dense rate, more housing units per acre, and pay an impact fee for doing so. That money would go toward buying development rights from an existing farmer that wants to keep the land in agriculture, but who wants or needs some of the money they could get from selling the land to developers.
The other proposal would create new small scale urban agriculture plots in the middle of new developments. For example, for ever 10-acre development, one acre would be set aside for traditional open space, such as a park, and one acre would be set aside for a small urban farm or community garden. In the Salt Lake City area several urban farmers are leasing small pieces of land and doing something called Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming. A SPIN farmer can earn up to $40,000 per acre gross income per season. As part of a plannied urban development, a well-maintained small farm plot could add to the beauty of the neighborhood, and provide a great source of local food to the neighbors, local restaurants and more. Public comment will continue into the spring. Updates to the plan should be complete and approved by summer 2018.