Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
The Division of Marketing and Economic Development plays a vital role in the Department’s mission to “Promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, conserve our natural resources and protect our food supply.” The Division Staff is committed to create economic success for agriculture, rural Utah and the food industry.
The staff includes Wayne Brandshaw, Division Director; Robin Cahoon, Utah’s Own Director; Ryan Parkinson, Utah’s Own Marketing Specialist; Laurie Seron, Utah’s Own Business Liaison; and Michael Smoot, Agriculture Market News Reporter. The goal of the Division is to raise the awareness of Utah agriculture and food products; and enhance local, domestic and international marketing opportunities.
Division goals include increased profitability for agriculture and related businesses; and, fostering a vibrant, healthy rural and state economy.
The Division is responsible for the successful and popular Utah’s Own Program.