In This Issue
USU Specialist Honored for Water Quality Work
USU Extension Co-sponsors CASH Expo
Agents Will Be Honored for 25 Years of Service
National Tourism Conference in Utah this June
Ag in the Classroom at Baby Animal Days
State Climatologist at USU Speaks at Energy Forum
Salt Lake County Teacher Wins National Award
Recent Extension Publications
Extension Career Opportunities
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May 2009
USU Specialist Honored for Water Quality Work
      USU associate dean of natural resources and Extension water quality specialist Nancy Mesner is the recipient of this year's Calvin K. Sudweeks Water Quality Award for her educational work to raise awareness of water quality issues throughout Utah. The award was presented April 1 at the Utah Water Environmental Association's annual meeting in St. George.
     "It was a surprise and a real honor to be identified by the Utah Water Quality Board," Mesner said. "We try hard to provide programming that meets the needs of the citizens in the state and will continue to do that."
      Mesner was nominated for the prestigious 2009 Sudweeks award for assisting communities in complying with environmental regulations, and in shaping the K-12 educational systems that give students hands-on activities to understanding water quality issues.

USU Extension Co-sponsors CASH Expo
       Utah State University Extension co-sponsors the Utah Credit and Savings Helps, CASH, Expo Friday, May 15, at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street in Salt Lake City.
       Keynote speaker is investigative reporter Bill Gephardt who will address consumer decisions. Kelly Mathews from Wells Fargo will discuss Utah's economic outlook. Seminars include English, Spanish and teen tracks with topics on home ownership, investing, money scams, loan modification, taxes and credit card and debt management. Other topics include budgeting, slashing expenses, saving for college, finding a career, credit reports and more.
       The expo runs from noon to 9:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Visit for further information and to pre-register.
Agents Will Be Honored for 25 Years of Service
      Two Utah State University Extension agents will be honored at the National Association of 4-H Extension Agents Conference in October 2009 for completing 25 years of service to Extension 4-H Youth.
      Kathy Riggs, USU Extension family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth agent in Iron County, and Jim Jensen, USU Extension 4-H youth agent in Utah County will receive this "25 Years of 4-H Service Award."
       "The Utah 4-H program and the Utah Association of Extension 4-H Workers have greatly benefitted from their leadership," said Donna Carter, UAE4-HW president. "We are pleased to honor them."
National Tourism Conference in Utah this June
      Utah State University Extension, the College of Natural Resources and the Utah Office of Tourism co-sponsor the 2009 National Extension Tourism Conference in Park City June 14-17 at The Yarrow Resort Hotel and Conference Center. The theme, "The Tourism Connection: Sustaining People, Places and Communities," is associated with the concept of sustainable tourism development - development that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible and acceptable.
      The national conference is designed to enhance networking between tourism and recreation professionals nationwide and provide opportunities to share information about tourism and recreation projects and programs. Speakers from across the United States, Canada and other countries will address topics on agricultural tourism, rural tourism development, heritage and cultural tourism, ecotourism, nature-based tourism and others.
      Visit and click on "2009 NET Conference June 14-17, 2009" for conference registration and hotel reservations. Early bird registration is available until May 15, after which standard registration will be in place. Contact Steve Burr for further information at or 435-797-7094.
Ag in the Classroom at Baby Animal Days
      More than 4,000 diverse families experienced agricultural life as they participated in interactive hands-on agricultural activities offered by Utah Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) at Baby Animal Days, April 9-11. The American West Heritage Center in Logan was the venue for baby animals, pony rides, a treasure hunt and related festival events.
       Children who stopped by the AITC table were asked to identify several pictures of farm animals. After the children answered agricultural questions from the AITC staff and volunteers, they went to work learning about agriculture by spinning sheep's wool and making living necklaces with wheat or corn seeds.
       For more information on the activities and resources AITC provides, visit their Web site at
State Climatologist at USU Speaks at Energy Forum
      State Climatologist Robert R. Gillies was a guest speaker at this year's Utah Energy Forum on April 6, 2009. The topic for the forum was Utah's Changing Climate.
      Gillies, an associate professor at Utah State University, spoke about the science of climate change and also participated in the panel discussion. The forum was held at the state office building and sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Other topics discussed during the forum included Utah's climate, observing climate change and modeling regional climate.
       To view the webcast of the forum, visit
Salt Lake County Teacher Wins National Award
      Paula Marquez, 6th-grade teacher at Backman Elementary School in Salt Lake City, is one of five winners of the USDA's National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award. Marquez was nominated for this award by Utah Agriculture in the Classroom after her outstanding work as a teacher enrolled in AITC's online course, "Food, Land & People."
      During the past year, Marquez assembled a working greenhouse with students and community volunteers. She integrated science and social studies by studying the microbes living in the river flowing behind the school and examined the historical and economic impacts of both local and global agriculture.
       Marquez will receive the award at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, June 24-27, in St. Louis. For more information on Utah AITC, visit
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