The Department of Agriculture and Food is responsible for the administration of Utah’s agricultural laws, which mandate a wide variety of activities including inspection, regulation, information, rulemaking, loan issuance, marketing and development, pest and disease control, improving the economic position of agriculture, and consumer protection.
Office of the Commissioner: Helps the Department fulfill its mission to protect and promote agriculture by raising public awareness and demand for Utah agriculture and food products.
- Communications & Public Relations
- Homeland Security and Risk Management
- Utah Medical Cannabis Program
- Utah Industrial Hemp Program
Administrative Services Division: Provides support to all divisions within the Department to ensure state policies are implemented to meet audits conducted by State Finance and State Auditor’s Office.
- Financial support to divisions
Animal Division: Prevention and control of animal disease and then through six main programs.
- Animal health
- Elk farming and elk hunting parks
- Fish health
- Livestock inspection
- Meat and poultry inspection
- Veterinary diagnostic labs
Conservation Division: Preserve and protect Utah’s soil and water resources and ensure the development and utilization for the betterment of Utah agriculture and its people.
- ACES (Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship)
- ARDL (Agriculture Resource Development Loan)
- Conservation Districts – Elected citizens working locally to improve natural resources
- Low Cost and Rural Rehab Loans
Laboratory Services: State laboratory chemists and microbiologists verify food and product samplings as a service for other department divisions.
- Chemical, physical, microbiological and pesticide analysis
- Consumer complaint sampling
- Meat and dairy quality testing
Marketing and Economic Development: Plays a major role in meeting the department’s mission to “Promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, conserve our natural resources, and protect our food supply.”
- Domestic and International Trade
- Local Food Advisory Council
- Jr. Livestock Association
- Market News Reporting
- Speciality Crop Block Grant Program
- Utah’s Own
Plant Division: Ensures disease and pest-free plants, grains, seeds, as well as properly labeled agricultural commodities, and the safe application of pesticides and farm chemicals. Assist farmers and ranchers in caring for and enhancing Utah’s natural resources.
- Fertilizer and Feed
- Fruit & vegetable inspection & grading
- (GIP) The Grazing Improvement Program
- Insect control
- Noxious & invasive weeds
- Nursery program
- Organic certification
- Pesticide applicator licensing and product registration
- Plant quarantine & pest survey
- Seed & grain inspection/testing
Regulatory Division: Food safety oversight and consumer protection of agricultural products and services.
- Bedding, quilted clothing, upholstered furniture
- Consumer protection
- Dairy and egg farm inspections
- Food establishment inspections
- Food labeling and food safety compliance
- Weights and Measures