Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson represented Utah agriculture and rural Utah on stage at the One Utah Summit, held recently in Cedar City.
In support of Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s “One Utah Roadmap initiative”, the Economic Summit, Global Forum, Energy Summit, and Rural Summit were combined to create a bi-annual business super-summit called the One Utah Summit.
The Utah Farm Bureau was asked to present on its creation of the Farmers Feeding Utah campaign and creation of the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation as a response to the challenge of the emerging Covid-10 Pandemic back in 2020. Additional time was spent sharing how innovation played a role into efforts to solve supply chain problems and strengthen connections between local consumers and Utah farmers & ranchers by creating Farmers Feeding Utah, Inc., and its online marketplace and subscription boxes.
“It was great to be able to share many of the miracles that have taken place with these efforts with government, business and community leaders from throughout the state,” Gibson said. “We very much appreciated the opportunity to participate.”
“It's impressive what the Utah Farm Bureau Federation is doing with the Farmers Feeding Utah [program],” said Stephen Lisonbee, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs for Governor Cox.
Other presentations focused on addressing Utah challenges with clean air and energy production, affordable housing, healthcare challenges, and more. The Utah’s Own program from the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food also made its known – or tasted – at the summit, by providing attendees with opportunities to sample Utah grown and manufactured products including local fruits, meats, cheeses, yogurts, and local favorite Built Bar.
The One Utah Summit is hosted by Gov. Cox and occurs every six months, alternating between northern (#1UTspring) and southern (#1UTfall) Utah locations. The northern Utah Summit will take place on May 10, 2022, in Salt Lake City.