Marketing and Economic Development is a small division but plays a major role in meeting the department’s mission to support the development of Utah’s agriculture and food industries and ensure a quality food supply. This division is comprised of the International Trade program, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Utah’s Own program, and Local Food Advisory Council and also administers the Junior Livestock Treasury and the Apple, Tart Cherry, and Wool Marketing Boards. In addition to these programs, the Marketing and Economic Development division works closely with community stakeholders and industry organizations to continually improve consumer awareness and the economic health of agriculture in Utah and provides communications and marketing support for all UDAF divisions and programs.
Marketing and Economic Development Programs:
Ag Stress Assistance Program
Unpredictable weather, volatile commodity markets and input prices, extreme working conditions — whether carrying forward a multigenerational legacy or establishing a new operation, farmers and ranchers face a unique set of stressors on a daily basis. Click here to learn more about the Ag Stress Assistance Program.
International Trade Program
The purpose of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s (UDAF) International Trade Program is to connect Utah agriculture & food producers with a variety of local and global resources to facilitate growth into international markets. Click here to learn more about the UDAF International Trade Program.
Farm To School Program
In partnership between UDAF and the Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Program (CNP), the Farm to Fork program seeks to provide training and resources to child nutrition operators to increase the consumption of fresh, safe, and healthy, local foods. This program also emphasizes nutrition and agriculture education.
Farm to school programming includes:
- Education – Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health, or nutrition
- Procurement – Local foods are purchased, promoted, and served to students
- School Gardens – Students engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through gardening
Local Food Advisory Council
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. Click here to learn more about the Utah Local Food Advisory Council.
Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Grant Program
The RFSI Grant Program is a competitive grant program to improve the middle of the food supply chain for Utah-based food and farm businesses. Subawards will be issued that support the development of activities including, but not limited to the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products meant for human consumption (excluding meat and poultry products). Click here to learn more about the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Grant Program.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
SCBGP is a competitive grant program operated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in which funding from the United States Department of Agriculture is awarded to eligible applicants to support Utah’s specialty crop industry. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture — including nursery crops, and more. Click here to learn more about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
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. Click here to learn more about the Utah’s Own program.
- Annual Reports
- Market Reports
- UDAF Grants
- Guide to Getting a Unique Entity Identifier
- USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain
- USU Extension Potential for Growth in Local Processing and Sales of Utah Beef Report
- USU Extension Microentrepreneur Guidebooks: