Kerry Gibson was appointed commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in 2019. Recognized for his vast experience in the dairy industry and business, he has served as a state legislator, county commissioner, and previously as a deputy director of Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Kerry is fluent in agriculture production, business management, and governance leadership.
Born and raised in Weber County, where he owned and operated a fifth-generation dairy farm with his father and brother. Kerry has also successfully owned and operated several small businesses. He’s a big believer in the free enterprise system and feels government’s role is to support and help all citizens achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
After two years of church missionary service in the Netherlands, Kerry married his sweetheart Katrina Creager Gibson and the two settled in Weber County with their six children, and now two grandchildren. He attended Utah State University where he earned his Dairy Herdsman Degree.
Early on, Kerry took an active interest in community organizations that supported agriculture, including Farm Service Agency and Farm Bureau. He chaired the National Young Farmers and Ranchers committee, and in 2001 was chosen as the Top Young Farmer in the nation by the American Farm Bureau Federation. In 2003, he was awarded an Agriculture Eisenhower Fellowship and spent several months in Europe working on food safety and security issues with European Union officials. In these capacities he worked closely with officials in Washington DC and developed a great love for country, sparking a desire to be more politically active.
In 2004, he was elected as a State Representative for District 6. As a three-term State Representative, Kerry worked to preserve conservative and constitutional-based governing principles in the legislature. Kerry sponsored and passed several pieces of important legislation that protect families, create government efficiencies, and preserve individual liberties.
As the chair of the Natural Resources Appropriations Committee, Kerry oversaw the States’ budget for UDAF, as well as water rights, water resources, wildlife and SITLA, among others. He also served on the Utah International Trade Commission and State Water Development Commission. In 2010, Kerry won election to the Weber County Commission, where he served until his 2018 appointment as Deputy Commissioner of DNR.