Utah Thrives: Farming in Utah’s Urban Counties

Written by: Dan Bammes

For several generations now, the most profitable crop grown on farmland in Utah’s urban counties has been new houses. Farmland has been disappearing and with it the lifestyle that was once a big part of Utah’s culture. But through the years, farming has survived and adapted, sometimes taking advantage of that urban growth.

In this edition of Utah Thrives, we’ll hear about the agricultural protection status that farmers in Wasatch Front communities are able to take advantage of, along with tax breaks that allow their land to be valued for its farming potential instead of urban development. Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson talks about his family’s dairy farm near Ogden and how international concerns as well as local pressures affect their ability to stay in business.

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