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This page is devoted to information about the importance of agriculture in our lives. If you are aware of information that advances this goal, please contact us.

The views expressed in videos and web pages found here do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food or the State of Utah. The intent of sharing these pictures, text and videos is to facilitate a flow of information to help Utah consumers understand the broad issues surrounding agriculture. You may offer feedback on any topic at:

The County Seat program examines issues that are important to residents of Utah and our local counties.  The program airs each Saturday at 11:00 p.m. and again Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. on channel 4 KTVX.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how the new rules will affect farmers and consumers - Dec. 16/17m 2017

The New Firewood Movement Quarantine and how it protects our forests and agriculture products - Oct. 14/15, 2017

Preventing Fraud at the Gas Pump & Credit Card Skimmers - July 16, 2017

Utah Agriculture's Economic Impact on Utah's Economy - Feb. 12, 2017

The Business of Ranching - A look at the economics of Utah agriculture - Dec. 9, 2016

How Brand Inspectors Prevent Livestock Theft - Oct. 21, 2016

The ARDL program turns 40 - A loan program that benefits the environment and rural Utah's economy - Sept. 23, 2016

Food Safety and the Food Freedom Act - May 27, 2016

Waters of the United States - November 20, 2015

Utah Conservation Districts - Protecting Utah agriculture and the environment since 1937 - July 26, 2015

Weights & Measures - Protecting consumers and business at the cash register - April 26, 2015

The Utah's Own Program - September 4, 2014

Guardians of the Food Supply - May 5th, 2014

Emery County's War on Weeds - June 20, 2014

Urban Farming - November 25, 2014

Grazing That Cares For The Land and Environment

Time Controlled Grazing - September, 2012

Why Protect Utah Agriculture? - February 12, 2012

Invasive Weeds - June, 2012

Utah's Disappearing Ag. Land - November, 2012

Additional segments on the topic of invasive weeds.

Here you can access our first six videos that focus on individual sectors of the agriculture industry.  The common theme shared by the six Ag. sectors is how technology has helped improve agricultural production and land stewardship.

Watch the series here, or click on the video image below.
Video topics include: Fruit - Dairy - Livestock - Vegetables - Turkey - Eggs

Cowboys Who Care - Utah livestock ranchers care about their land and their animals. Each year they compete for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award. Presented by the Sand County Foundation.

Johnson Mountain Ranch - Steward and Jared Johnson - are the 2014 Utah Leopold Conservation Award winners.

How big - How many - How much -- Everything you could ever want to know about Utah agriculture statistics.

More of Utah agriculture by the numbers.

Ag. Stats Reference Card. A few selected statistics from the most recent USDA national census of Agriculture are available in this pocket size card. PDF file.

USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) - An overview of Utah agriculture statistics.

2014 Research About Our Food

So God Made a Farmer - Paul Harvey

Farmer, Inc. The Real Story - A site containing blogs, videos and other links to information directly from American farmers about modern agriculture.

I Love Farmers...They Feed My Soul - Several examples of why agriculture is important to us

U.S. Department of Agriculture Education and Outreach - a variety of useful and interesting education programs geared for both urban and rural citizens.

The mission of Utah Agriculture in the Classroom is to improve agricultural literacy by developing programs that increase student awareness about agriculture and instill in students an appreciation for our food and fiber system.

Take a moment to appreciate American farmers and ranchers

Farmers Can Feed the World (Wall Street Journal) - Better seeds and fertilizers, not romantic myths, will let them do it.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is a positive and informed voice communicating reliable, science-based information on key agricultural topics ranging from animal welfare to biotechnology to environmental impacts.

Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review - This article states there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foods.

The Organic Consumers Association responds to the above article

Mayo Clinic article on the nutritional value of organic foods

Deseret News report on organic safety