LuAnn Adams was appointed commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in 2014. Credited with excellent organizational and collaborative skills, Adams is considered resourceful, conservative, trustworthy and self-motivated as she maintains constructive rapport with regulators, stakeholders and the public with a ‘can-do’ attitude when pioneering innovative projects. She is passionate for preserving and protecting the healthy growth of agriculture, food safety and economic development of agri-businesses.
Prior to her appointment to the UDAF, Commissioner Adams served as a Box Elder County Commissioner where she led efforts to create the state’s first county-adopted Sage Grouse protection plan aimed at keeping the bird off the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. As commissioner she initiated a $2.5 million improvement project for the Box Elder County Fairgrounds to help increase tourism and local revenue. She served on numerous boards such as: The Utah Association of Counties Board of Directors, UAC Legislative Committee, Past President of the Utah Recorder’s Association, USU Advisory Board, NACO Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee. Prior to her county commission service, Adams was elected Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk/Surveyor and served until becoming county commissioner.
Adams was born in Pocatello, Idaho. Her family moved to Wells, Nevada where she fell in love with ranching and declared she wanted to spend her life living and working around livestock; and she did. Commissioner Adams and husband Bob and five children and 12 grandchildren continue to live in Box Elder County where the family operates a cattle ranch and dry farm.
Her favorite things to do are ride horses and help on the ranch. She enjoys buggy rides with her husband where one can smell the good smells of nature. She loves cooking and traditions are big at the Adams’ house.
Commissioner Adams enjoyed high school barrel racing and pole bending prior to graduating from Wells High School. She holds an Associates Degree from the LDS Business College of Salt Lake City.
She has compiled a book entitled; “Box Elder County Historical Photo Tour” — 2,500 hardbound and 2,500 soft copies were published. Sales went towards preservation projects.