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State department puts call out for historic agriculture photos

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 18:11:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has undertaken a project to document the history of Utah agriculture.

The agency is seeking the public’s help to contribute photos and stories that detail the progress of agriculture from early pioneer settlement to today.

William Carter and family taken in 1893 in St. George. William Carter was among those who plowed Utah's first field near the City and County Building in Salt Lake City in July of 1847.  Courtesy of LDS Church History Library.

William Carter and family taken in 1893 in St. George. William Carter was among those who plowed Utah’s first field near the City and County Building in Salt Lake City in July of 1847. Courtesy of LDS Church History Library.

“This is a major effort to record the beginnings of our state’s agriculture industry, as well as the many accomplishments through the decades,” Agriculture Commissioner LuAnn Adams stated in a press release. “I don’t know of any group or individual that has documented our agriculture industry through the ages. This will be a first.”

The photo collection will be put on display at the Department of Agriculture and Food’s building, located at 350 N. Redwood Road.

Those who want to contribute photographs or electronic copies of pictures, can send them to agriculture@utah.gov. Call Larry Lewis, 801-538-7104, to arrange to make copies of photos.

Those who submit photos will be given credit if those photos are placed on display in the collection.