Changes & Challenges
Each of the lessons below highlights different eras of Utah's state history and agriculture's impact on Utah's people, environment, and the economy. Each lesson—and various activities within the lessons—can be used in conjunction with Utah's Changes and Challenges Interactive Timeline.
1840s-1880s: Era of Self-Sufficiency
Students will be introduced to Utah's agricultural limitations and develop perspective and appreciation of early Utah settlers who struggled for self-sufficiency.
1890s: Utah Becomes a State
Students will understand the process by which Utah became a state and examine the impacts of statehood on Utah's economy.
1910s: The Boom Continues
Students will get a basic overview of agricultural expansion, Ute history and maltreatment, and the transition from self-sufficiency to specialization.
1920s-1930s: Agricultural Hard Times and The Great Depression
Students will investigate the relationship between physical geography and Utah's settlement, land use, and economy, assess how natural resources sustain and enhance people's lives, and examine how people affect the geography of Utah.
1950s: Mechanization and Science
Students will examine how changes in transportation and technology shifted the focus of agriculture in Utah.
1960s-1970s: Expansion and Prosperity, Big Farms, Big Government
Students will observe the changes that led to modern agricultural trends still seen in Utah and will understand the connection between the environment, farmland, water, and themselves.
1990s: Products of Utah Travel Worldwide
Students will develop an understanding of products grown and processed in the state of Utah while learning about supply chains, geography, and agriculture.