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New commissioner of agriculture named

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has named LuAnn Adams as commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

Adams has served as Box Elder County commissioner since 2011. She also worked 16 years as the Box Elder County recorder/clerk.

“LuAnn brings the right mix of understanding of the agriculture industry and critical leaderships skills,” Herbert said. “Throughout the process, I heard from numerous stakeholders that she is the right kind of hands-on leader we need.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the commissioner of agriculture and appreciate Gov. Herbert’s vote of confidence,” Adams said. “I am excited about the opportunity to help agriculture shine as a key asset for our state. I have a deep respect for Commissioner (Leonard) Blackham and hope to continue and further many of his projects.”

With her husband and sons, Adams operates a dry farm and cattle ranch in Promontory.

Adams will take over for Blackham, who is retiring, pending confirmation by the Utah State Senate. Kyle Stephens will continue to serve as deputy commissioner.