Utah Forms Development Plan

A state commission in Utah has outlined a plan to protect Utah’s threatened agricultural sector. The report, prepared by the Utah Agricultural Sustainability Task Force, lays out specific threats to the state’s agricultural sector and outlines potential solutions that can keep the farm industry vibrant.
One of the biggest threats the state is facing is rural development and population growth. Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country. This growth, however, is a double-edged sword, offering significant opportunities for economic development, but coming at the cost to agriculture. As Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell said, “We welcome the growth, but we must prepare for its impact on agriculture.”
According to the task force, by 2030, population growth will demand development of nearly 200,000 acres of agricultural land, the loss of which could be devastating to the agricultural sector.
In addition to development, the state is facing a significant labor shortage. Earlier this year, Utah agricultural officials attempted to create their own state work visas, offering immigrants the chance to reside and work in the state without having to apply for citizenship.
In addition to immigration woes, state ag officials need to raise $1 million to fight invasive pests and provide funding for conservation easements.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer