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.
The Utah Agricultural Statistics and Annual Summary Report is published by UDAF in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service (USDA NASS) digitally each fall and provides a high level of view of the agency’s program activities, services and accomplishments.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food administers the Utah Local Food Advisory Council, a multidisciplinary group that makes recommendations on how best to promote vibrant, locally owned farms, promote resilient ecosystems, promote strong communities and healthy eating and develop a robust, integrated local food system.
2021 applications are now closed. A second round of funding will be available this year.
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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.
Marketing & Economic Development Staff
- Linda Gillmor – Director, Marketing & Economic Development Division
- Cassie Kinnaird – Administrative Assistant
- Calli Forsyth – International Trade Specialist and Speciality Crop Block Grant
- Caroline Hargraves – Marketing & Communications Specialist
- Tamra Annett – Utah’s Own Specialist
- Jared Weight – Video, Website & Social Media Specialist
Contact information: Agriculture@utah.gov or call Cassie (385) 549-9167