Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Agricultural Profile of Wasatch Front North

By Matt Schroeder, Regional Economist

The visualization above uses data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture to profile the agricultural activity of the Wasatch Front North region. You can adjust the filter to view individual counties or groups of counties as well as change the year to 2007 to see how things changed since the last Census of Agriculture. To view the profile of the whole state, select “Statewide” alone.

As a whole, the Wasatch Front North region had more than 1,900 farms in 2012 representing about 11 percent of the state’s farms but only about 4 percent of the state’s total farm acreage — highlighting the relatively small average farm size in the region. The bar chart in the center suggests that of those farms, more than 1,400, or about 77 percent, were very small farms with less than 50 acres.

Despite the small farm sizes, as the title above the map at the right shows, roughly 42 percent, or 400,000 acres, of Wasatch Front North’s 950,000 acres of land are used for agriculture. The pie chart at the bottom-left displays that about 310,000 acres of that are pasture and rangeland while only about 62,000 acres are cropland. Two-thirds, or about 200,000 acres, of the region’s pasture and rangeland is in Morgan County.

In terms of value, the Wasatch Front North’s agricultural sales comprised more than 5 percent of the statewide total in 2012. The second pie chart, at the bottom-right, shows that of the roughly $100 million in agricultural sales in 2012, more than half was from the sale of crops. More than $22 million in nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod sales comprised the largest proportion of that. Of the livestock products sold, the largest category, in terms of value, was milk, at nearly $17 million, or 17 percent of the total.