Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Historic Agriculture Photos Sought


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is undertaking a major project to document the history of Utah agriculture.   The agency is enlisting the help of Utahns to contribute photos and stories that detail the progress of agriculture from early pioneer settlement to today.

"This is a major effort to record the beginnings of our state’s agriculture industry, as well as the many accomplishments through the decades,” said Agriculture Commissioner LuAnn Adams. “I don't know of any group or individual that has documented our agriculture industry through the ages. This will be a first."

The photo collection will be placed on display at the Department of Agriculture and Food’s building located at 350 North Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you wish to contribute photographs, or electronic copies of photographs, send them to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.", or contact Larry Lewis at (801) 538-7104 to arrange to make copies.  Photos placed on display will be accompanied by an acknowledgement of your family's contribution to the collection. 

(below) This is a photo of William Carter and family taken in 1893 in St. George. William Carter was among those who plowed Utah's first field near the City and County Building in Salt Lake City in July of 1847. 

 Photo courtesy: LDS Church History Library