Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Commissioner Adams Names New Marketing and Economic Development Director


Salt Lake City – Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Commissioner, LuAnn Adams, announced the appointment of Wayne Bradshaw as Director of the Division of Marketing and Economic Development.  The division is responsible for developing economic success for agriculture, rural Utah and the food industry.  It is also home to the Utah’s Own program that promotes local food and family farms.

     Bradshaw previously worked in the Commissioner’s Office as a policy analyst and social media specialist.

     Bradshaw assumes the director position following the scheduled July 1st retirement of Jed Christenson who has served as Director of the Division of Marketing and Economic Development since 2005.

     Raised in Wyoming and Alaska, Bradshaw was very involved in his family’s ranch and tourism business growing up.  Later he successfully managed his parent’s deep sea fishing charter for four years.  Bradshaw came to Utah to attend Utah State University.  After graduation, Bradshaw worked for Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) in Washington, DC advising on small business, economic and financial issues.  He returned to Utah coordinating special projects and constituent case management for Congressman Bishop.

      “I found the right person at the right time,” said Commissioner Adams.  “Wayne comes to the UDAF with a breadth of experience and knowledge that extends the important role our Marketing and Economic Development Division plays in promoting Utah agriculture and our Utah’s Own brand, ” she added.

     “I am excited for this new opportunity and look forward to playing a larger part in promoting Utah agriculture.  I know the hard work Utahans put into creating quality agriculture products, and I hope to help the rest of the nation and world know what Utah has to offer,” said Bradshaw.













Posted: June 1, 2015