LOGAN (AP) Cache Valley farmers still produce more barley than anyone else in Utah but maybe not for long.
Millard County, already the state's top producer of alfalfa and hay, has now risen to the No. 2 spot for barley.
Part of the reason is central Utah's increasing emphasis on dairy. Most of the state's barley and alfalfa is used as cattle feed, and, in 2006, Millard County surpassed Cache County as the state's top dairy region.
Allen Young, a Utah State extension specialist, says the trend is part of a demographic shift in Utah. He says farms still dominate central Utah but Cache Valley is becoming more urbanized, making the land more valuable for development than farming.