Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

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The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA-designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. 

The State of Utah has qualified for six shortage areas, and these areas as well as the application process for veterinarians can be found at the website below. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Barry Pittman, Utah State Veterinarian, at 801-538-7162 or e-mail @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Chelsea Crawford, Utah Assistant State Veterinarian, at 801-538-7109 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VMLRP Applicants

The Applicants section is for veterinarians interested in applying for a VMLRP award. The FY2018 application period will be open in February. Use the links below to prepare and submit an application. Please review the information in each link before starting an application. An individual may submit only one application per cycle.


In 2016, the Utah State Legislature passed HB 464 appropriating funds for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Conservation Districts, and Utah State University to perform a study on the impacts of wildfires in Utah. This final draft outlines the economic and physical consequences of wildfires in Utah. It is a valuable resource to better understand not only the consequences of wildfire, but also how to better manage public lands to prevent their destructive consequences.

Read the study report

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.

Learn more about SPIN Farming.

By Jack Wilbur, UDAF

Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a beginner or a non beekeeper with a passing interest, you could learn a lot from the recent Honey Bee Health Conference presented by the UDAF at Weber State University on Nov. 30, 2017. The combination of hands on workshops and research presentations offered something for everyone.

For those of you not able to attend, we video taped most of the evening and have posted links to the videos on our website. https://ag.utah.gov/plants-pests/beekeeping.html?layout=edit&id=704

Below is the agenda for the evening. The titles of the video segments are the same or close to the titles as they appear in the agenda.