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Marketing & Economic Development


Marketing and Economic Development is a small division but 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.” It is comprised of the International Trade program, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and the Utah’s Own program. In addition to these programs, the Marketing and Economic Development division works closely with community stakeholders and industry organizations to continually improve consumer awareness of and the economic health of agriculture in Utah. 

A recent study from USU and UDAF indicates Utah markets hold potential for growth in local processing and sales of Utah beef.  Read the study here.

Find the free USU Meat Processing Plant Financial Feasibility Assessment Excel Tool and instructions here.

Agriculture and Food Business Resources - This document includes available grants, loans, and various funding programs that exist to assist Utah agriculture and food producers.

Under the 2008 Farm bill, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of Utah’s specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops).

In order to seek out program enhancing projects, UDAF conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds to eligible and top-scoring candidates. Click here for a complete list of specialty crops visit.

2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food offers marketing and local branding resources to qualifying Utah agriculture and food businesses via the Utah’s Own™ program. For more information, visit