About half of Alabama
Although the land in Utah is not
particularly well-suited to farming overall, the original settlers of the state,
the Mormons, were determined to use the land for agriculture. They also hoped
that the difficulties of successfully farming this arid land would discourage
others from settling in the area. Major crops grown today in Utah include hay,
corn, barley and wheat, but the majority of the state’s agricultural income
comes from livestock including sheep, cattle, dairying and poultry.
Ironically, the state is rich in natural resources, particularly, for mining,
but the leaders of the Mormon Church discouraged followers from pursuing its
development. Therefore, it has been primarily non-Mormons who have become
involved in the mining industry. Utah is a leading producer of copper, gold,
silver, lead, zinc, and molybdenum. The state also has rich oil shale deposits
and low-sulfur coal.
The Mormon Church has also distrusted industrialization, but the establishment
of defense plants and military installations in the state during World War II
spurred growth in this area. Close to iron, coal and limestone, Provo has become
a steel center. Utah has become a center for aerospace research and the
production of missiles, spacecraft, computer hardware and software, and
electronic systems. Most recently, tourism has become another leading industry
in Utah, with Salt Lake City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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