The Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food’s mission is to promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, conserve its natural resources, and protect its food supply.
Utah has 11 million acres in farm and ranch production. In 2010, agriculture produced $1.3 billion in cash receipts.
Utah is the second driest state in the nation; therefore reservoir irrigation and water conservation are crucial to the agriculture industry. Despite the dry climate, Utah ranks 2nd in tart cherries, 3rd in apricots, 6th in sweet cherries, as well as 2nd in mink pelts, 5th in sheep and 14th in alfalfa hay production.
Utah’s Great Salt Lake is over 1,000,000 acres, and makes Utah the top producer of brine shrimp.
Livestock receipts make up one third of Utah’s farm receipts. Utah ranks 2nd in mink, 5th in sheep, and 13th in trout production.