With the reorganization of UACD employees moving to Utah State employees, there was some confusion as to where the employees would fall under the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF).
All employees attended a training and meetings so they may better understand UDAF and the organization:
UDAF is divided into 9 divisions:
Administrative Services – This division insures the financial resources are handled appropriately. Agriculture Commissioner & supporting staff fall under this category.
Animal Industry Division – Protects domestic livestock, poultry, and fish populations. They handle livestock inspections, meat inspections, labs, aquaculture, brand inspections, and domestic elk farms.
Communications Division – Increase public awareness and support for farming and the UDAF.
Laboratory Services Division – Lab testing for feed, fertilizer, meat, dairy, pesticide, and consumer complaints.
Marketing and Economic Development – Raise public awareness, and assist in marketing of local and domestic products.
Plant Industry and Conservation Division – They are responsible for ensuring consumers of disease free and pest free plants, grains, seeds, and properly labeled agricultural commodities.
Regulatory Services Division – Regulatory oversight of products in the areas of food, weights and measures, dairy and bedding, upholstered furniture, and quilted clothing.
Wildlife Services – Maintain healthy populations of wildlife and concurrently.
Utah Conservation Commission – This is where UACD employees have moved to. They develop and implement programs to protect, conserve, utilize, and develop the soil, water and related natural resources. The UACD employees are now under UDAF Conservation Commission – the transfer of these employees did not change their purpose and role in their community, but will give them more resources, technical assistance, and opportunities for conservation.
While there is still a lot to learn, the outlook for our program is good. With the help from the State of Utah, and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, we are optimistic of the conservation changes we can make in our local community.