The Utah Farm Bureau Federation has named Clayton Beckstead as its new northeast regional manager. In that role, Beckstead will assist County Farm Bureaus in their advocacy goals, and make sure concerns of farmers and ranchers throughout the countryside are heard. 

Prior to coming to the Utah Farm Bureau, Beckstead worked on his family’s 4th generation mink farm in the Lehi area of Utah County. Beckstead replaces Kelsey Berg, who was hired to run Mitt Romney’s campaign for U.S. Senate. 

“We are happy to have Clayton join the Utah Farm Bureau family and look forward to him bringing his experiences on the farm to advocate for our members” said Dale Newton, Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s great to have someone that understands the pressures and opportunities faced by family farmers personally, and know Clayton will be an asset for the county Farm Bureaus he works with.” 

Beckstead and his wife Tori recently welcomed their first baby to the family last April and live in Payson. In addition to being a new dad and working on the family farm, Clayton enjoys team roping and rodeo. 

It is anticipated that Beckstead will work with the County Farm Bureaus in Utah, Salt Lake, Wasatch, Carbon, Summit, Duchesne and Uintah Counties. He can be reached at