SANDY, Utah. April 16, 2019 – The Utah Farm Bureau Federation applauds the nomination of Kerry Gibson to lead the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food as its next commissioner. Gibson has a long history of involvement in the industry, from growing up on the family dairy farm in Weber County, to his experience as a leader within the Utah Farm Bureau, and later his service in the state legislature and Weber County Commission.

Gibson has served as a volunteer leader within the Utah Farm Bureau Federation for some time, including previously as chair of its Young Farmer & Rancher Committee, and then serving as chair of the American Farm Bureau’s National Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. He also won the American Farm Bureau’s ‘Achievement Award’, which is given annually to and is considered the organization’s top award for young farmers and ranchers. Gibson also participated in the American Farm Bureau's Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) program, which is an advanced advocacy program to help agricultural leaders accelerate their skills and abilities.

Gibson is experienced when it comes to the interactions of government, society and agriculture, and is well positioned to lead the department. From his leadership in the Utah and American Farm Bureaus, to getting involved as a member of the legislature and a County Commissioner, Gibson has a vision of how agriculture benefits our state, and how it can pave the way for future success. We’re confident he will work tirelessly to have that vision become a reality.

With critical issues impacting Utah agriculture – from trade and environmental stewardship, to grazing management and helping consumers connect with local food products – Gibson is well positioned to move our industry forward.

We likewise thank Commissioner LuAnn Adams for her tireless service for our industry and wish her well in retirement.