Utah’s agriculture can be described in one word: diversity. Whether it’s the production of top agricultural products such as cattle and dairy products, or the adoption of management programs to improve the health of pastures and watersheds, Honeycomb State covers all aspects of the industry. Utah has 18,200 farms, covering 11 million acres, with an average farm area of 677 acres.
In 2012, cattle and calves brought $365.7 million to the state. Although beef is extremely important, animal husbandry accounts for 69% of Utah’s Farm Cash income. Meat sales alone are about $560 million, including beef, pork and mutton. Utah also produces sour cherries, apricots, sweet cherries, mink and sheep in the top 10 in the country.