Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, Leonard M. Blackham, will retire in early January, following 25 years in public service.
Blackham was appointed Commissioner in 2005, after serving 12 years in the Utah State Senate and four years as a Sanpete County Commissioner.
"There is no one who represents Utah agriculture with more energy or heart, and very few know rural Utah as well as Leonard," Gov. Gary R. Herbert said in a news release issued Monday. "His enthusiasm will be missed."