The Faculty Association, Utah State Agricultural College
Since the settlement of the state Utah's agriculture has been based primarily on irrigated farming. The major part of farm income and the livelihood of farmers and farm families comes from this type of farming. Also, Utah's hopes for agricultural expansion and development, the adding of new wealth, and the providing of employment for Utah rural people, lie in a further development of irrigation and irrigated farming. Range livestock and dry farming, when measured by income and employment of labor have been, and are likely to remain, minor enterprises when compared to irrigated farming. In this discussion of Utah's agriculture and its future, research conducted by the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Utah State Agricultural College during the past twenty-one years in the fields of land economics, farm management, and prices, as well as data from the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and other sources, are used. The land settlement program followed in Utah, and the resultant land pattern are closely associated with the economics of the state's agriculture. In order that the reader may more fully understand the influence the policies followed in settlement have had on the farming situation during various periods, I shall review briefly the history of land settlement in Utah.
Thomas, W. Preston, "The Future of Utah's Agriculture" (1947). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 1.