Utah 2018-20 PDP project

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2018: $28,636.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2021
Host Institution Award ID: G158-19-W7506
Grant Recipient: Utah State University Extension
Region: Western
State: Utah
State Coordinator:
Marion Murray
Utah State University


  • Agronomic: hay, wheat
  • Fruits: apples, apricots, berries (brambles), cherries, melons, peaches, pears, plums
  • Vegetables: beets, broccoli, carrots, greens (leafy), greens (lettuces), onions, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed/forage, feed additives, grazing management, grazing - rotational, manure management, preventive practices, range improvement, rangeland/pasture management, winter forage
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, alley cropping, catch crops, cover crops, crop improvement and selection, crop rotation, fertilizers, greenhouses, high tunnels or hoop houses, season extension types and construction, seed saving
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, technical assistance, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: farm succession
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, chemical control, cultural control, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mating disruption, physical control, prevention, sanitation, trap crops, traps, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: dryland farming, organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: quality of life, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration


    Because Utah is the 9th most densely urban, and the 2nd driest state in the nation, the Utah PDP Advisory Committee recognizes that our program must address these challenges to protect natural resources and human safety while enhancing the quality of life for our producers, particularly within specialty crops (13,600 acres valued at $33 million) and forage and rangelands (710,000 acres). Training efforts and travel awards are based on past crop surveys (conducted by our partner, the Utah IPM Program), past conference pre- and post-surveys, and input from the PDP Advisory Committee. There are four topics for this proposal: 1) Utah Urban and Small Farms Conference (“USFC”); 2) Professional Development Awards (“awards”); 3) UT/AZ Annual Range and Livestock Workshop (“range workshop”); and 4) Promotion of WSARE grants, publications, and services; and outreach in sustainable agriculture (“promotion and outreach”).

    Project objectives:

    There are four objectives for this proposal:

    1) Support the development and attendance of the Utah Urban and Small Farms Conference (“USFC”)

    2) Provide Professional Development Travel and Event Hosting Awards (“awards”)

    3) Support the UT/AZ Annual Range and Livestock Workshop (“range workshop”)

    4) Promote WSARE grants, publications, and services; and conduct outreach in sustainable agriculture (“promotion and outreach”).

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.