Strategies for Goal One aim to establish agriculture as a more viable business. The goals are separated into three categories: Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers; Opportunities for State, County, and Local Governments; and Opportunities for Education and Outreach.
Population growth across the state threatens to consume additional farmland, and water resources are reallocated with every new construction project. Existing farmland can be protected from encroaching development through a variety of means, especially if residents, developers, and lawmakers understand the actual social, economic, and environmental value of agriculture.
There are many ways to preserve and improve agriculture in Utah County, but current laws, attitudes, and conditions across the state and country make it difficult to address certain challenges. This section reviews federal strategies that, though outside the scope of the rest of the toolbox, could benefit Utah County’s agricultural industry in the future.