School on the Farm

Spring on the farm brings kids, and lots of them, as many farms across the state of Utah welcome school children to learn about agriculture. At Butterfield Farms in Herriman, UT, KUTV News captured some of the action while Utah Dairy Ambassadors, Alyssa & Ashley helped “Desert-girl Amanda” navigate the world of agriculture.

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Also onboard with Utah’s Ag in the Classroom Farm Field Days program is Gillins Dairy, home of Canyon Breeze Holsteins, where  600 kids from neighboring Beaver recently toured the dairy and learned how milk makes it from “grass to glass.”

This on-farm agriculture experience for kids doesn’t have to end at the farm. Here are some things you may not have known about Agriculture in Utah… (More Facts from Gillins Dairy)

Q: How many cows are there in Utah?

A: There are about 86,000 dairy cattle in the state of Utah.

Q: How much milk does a cow make in 1 day?

A: On average, 1 cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk per day!

Q: How long can you grow crops in Utah?

A: The growing season in Utah is hugely variable – from just 60-days in Northern Utah to 190-days in the Southern part of the state.

Q: How much does it rain in Utah?

A: Despite snowy winters, Utah is the 2nd driest state in the nation. Annual precipitation averages 10-15.”

Q: What types of food does Utah Produce?

A: Barley, wheat, dry edible beans, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, tomatoes…Nationally, Utah is a top producer for certain fruits:

  • Tart Cherries – 2nd in the nation
  • Apricots – 3rd
  • Sweet Cherries – 8th
  • Pears – 9th
  • Peaches – 18th

Utah also produces meat and livestock products including… sheep, wool, cattle, milk, eggs, hogs…

For local Utah products check out local farmers’ markets, sign up for home dairy delivery (Rosehill Dairy; Winder Farms), or participate in a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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Gillins Dairy hosts 600 students for Ag in the Classroom Farm Field Day

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