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Leonard Blackham
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Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food
In office
January 5, 2005 - Present
Years in position 10
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 5, 2005
Appointed byGovernor of Utah
Term limitsN/A
Leonard Blackham is the current Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food. He was appointed to the position on January 5, 2005 by then-governor Jon Hunstman.


Blackham was raised in Moroni, Utah. Coming from a family of farmers and ranchers, he participated in 4-H, FFA, and Boy Scouts as a child, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1970, he took over his family's turkey business which he still manages today. He served 12 years in the Utah State Senate and gave up his seat in order to assume his current position. Prior to his service in the senate, he was elected to a four year term on the Sanpete County Commission and chairman of the Utah Association of County Commissioners.

Blackham continues to be involved in the community. He serves as a scout leader for local troops, national jamborees troops, and leadership training courses. He is active in the Utah Farm Bureau and is a past president of the Utah Young Farmers Association.[1]


  • North Sanpete High School
  • AA, Snow College
  • BS, Agriculture economics, Utah State University


Blackham and his wife, Laura, have six children and 11 grandchildren.

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