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Utah Agriculture commissioner to step down April 16

LuAnn Adams
LuAnn Adams
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Commissioner LuAnn Adams, the agency’s first female commissioner, is stepping down April 16 after more than five years in the position.

During her time with the department, she led the agency’s efforts to regulate and promote farming and animal production, land conservation, food safety, lab testing and economic development.

Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement in a statement Monday. Deputy Commissioner Scott Ericson will serve as interim commissioner until a new commissioner is appointed and approved by the Legislature.

Herbert tapped Adams in 2013 while she was serving her first term as Box Elder County commissioner. Prior to that she had spent 16 years serving in positions as the county’s clerk, recorder and surveyor.

“It has been a wonderful life-changing opportunity to serve in Gov. Herbert’s Cabinet,” Adams said in a statement. “This experience has been the highlight of my career, and I have been honored to work among amazing leaders.”