Monday, November 9, 2015

Utah's Agricultural Profile

By Matt Schroeder, Regional Economist

The visualization above uses data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture to profile the agricultural activity of Utah. You can adjust the filter to view individual counties or groups of counties as well as change the year to 2007 to see how things have changed since the last Census of Agriculture. To view the profile of the whole state, select only “Statewide."

As a whole, Utah had more than 18,000 farms and nearly 11 million acres of farmland in 2012. The bar chart in the center suggests that of those farms, more than 10,000, or about 58 percent, were very small farms with less than 50 acres.

Despite the small farm sizes, roughly 21 percent, or 11 million acres, of Utah’s 53 million acres of land were used for agriculture. The pie chart at the bottom-left shows that about 8.6 million acres of that are pasture and rangeland while only about 1.6 million acres are cropland.

In terms of value, Utah’s agricultural sales amounted to more than $1.8 billion in 2012. The second pie chart, at the bottom-right, shows the relative importance of livestock in Utah's agricultural production. Cattle, milk, and hogs accounted for between 16 and 20 percent of total sales each, while the largest value of crop production came from hay - again highlighting the importance of livestock.

Select other counties from the filter to see the agricultural activity of the areas you are interested in, and visit the regional blogs, using the tabs at the top, to read analysis about your area.

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