Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food

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Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $30,282,400
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the Governor
Authority:  Utah Code, Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Leonard Blackham.jpg
Name:  Leonard Blackham
Assumed office:  January 5, 2005
Compensation:  $101,608
Other Utah Executive Offices
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The Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food is an appointed position in the Utah state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Leonard Blackham.


The department of agriculture is established in Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 1 of the Utah code.

Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 1: Department created

There is hereby created within state government the Department of Agriculture and Food which is responsible in this state for the administration and enforcement of all laws, services, functions, and consumer programs related to agriculture as assigned to the department by the Legislature.


The commissioner is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the governor.[1]


In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor appoints a successor.


The duties of the department are outlined in Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 1 of the Utah code:[2]

  • promote the interests and products of agriculture and its allied industries
  • promote methods for increasing the production and facilitating the distribution of the agricultural products of the state;
  • inquire into the cause of contagious, infectious, and communicable diseases among livestock and the means for their prevention and cure
  • encourage experiments designed to determine the best means and methods for the control of diseases among domestic and wild animals
  • issue marketing orders for any designated agricultural product
  • administer and enforce all laws assigned to the department by the legislature
  • establish standards and grades for agricultural products and fix and collect reasonable fees for services performed by the department
  • establish operational standards for any establishment that manufactures, processes, produces, distributes, stores, sells, or offers for sale any agricultural product


  • Administrative Services
  • Analytical Laboratories
  • Animal Industry
  • Conservation & Resource Management
  • Grazing Improvement
  • Marketing & Development
  • Plant Industry
  • Regulatory Services
  • Wildlife Services

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture and Food in Fiscal Year 2013 was $30,282,400.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

According to Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 1 of the Utah code, the governor shall establish the commissioner's salary within the salary range fixed by the Utah Legislature in Title 67, Chapter 22, State Officer Compensation.[1]

In 2012, the Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food was paid an estimated $101,608. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact information


Department of Agriculture
350 N. Redwood Road
P.O. Box 146500
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6500

Phone: (801) 538-7100
Fax: (801) 538-7126
E-mail: agriculture@utah.gov

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