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The Magazine of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

New Possibilities in the Saddle

Discovering New Possibilities in the Saddle

You may know a child or adult who benefits from therapy for shyness, anxiety, autism, learning delays, or physical challenges. The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences’ equine therapy programs are moving some therapy sessions from the doctor’s office to the horse barn, helping clients now while also preparing USU students to build careers that blend their love of horses with helping and healing people.

In This Issue

The Aggie Chocolate Factory: From Bean to Bar

The only university chocolate factory in the western United States that processes from cocoa beans to bars and other delicious treats opened this fall at USU.

Agreement Brings Together East and West

A recent visit to Utah Sate University by top administrators from National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) was an important step in solidifying efforts to create learning and research opportunities for faculty and students at both universities. 

Working for "the Most Wonderful People in the World"

Although Randy Parker's office in Salt Lake City is less than 40 miles from where he grew up, his career has taken him places he never imagined.

Why Student Research? Because Discovery Happens Here!

Our students engage in research in the laboratory on the farm, in the field, in the research kitchen, in the veterinary clinic, at a community park...the possibilities truly are endless.

Vern Budge

Alumni Hall of Honor Inducts Vern Budge

Vern Jensen Budge grew up in rural Idaho, doing his part in the family beekeeping business: an undertaking that requires focusing as much attention on natural surroundings as on the bees themselves.

Students in India giving shoots

Dietitions' Dreams

Utah State University seniors have many opportunities to gain professional experience that prepares them for the careers that will follow graduation. For Two USU dietetics students anxious to share important knowledge about food, launching a non-profit organization in a country like India seemed like a dream they might realize 10 years into the future. 

Abby Bennighoff

New Associate Dean Named

Associate Professor Abby Benninghoff is the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences' new associate dean for research and graduate student services.

More Articles in this Issue

The Reindeer Express

2018-2019 CAAS Award Recipients

A highlight of College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week is the annual Awards and Honors Banquet. 

Bruce Bugbe holding plants

Recognition for Soil and Plant Scientists

Professors Bruce Bugbee and Scott Jones have been named fellows of their respective professional societies, among each organizations’ top honors.


Food Science Students Create Recipes for Success

Perfecting the chemistry in food is what takes the cake in competitions hosted by professional organizations like the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Mastering Human and Anmial Health

Mastering Human and Animal Health

According to Ron Munger, a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, public health degree programs broke out from medical schools about 100 years ago.

organic tomatoes

Organic Farm Grows Crops and Leaders

As an organic and sustainable farming associate professor and researcher, Reeve sees students with a variety of farming experiences learn and become leaders by working on the student organic farm.


Remembering the "Frank Smile"

In late September, the plaza adjacent to the Albrecht Agricultural Sciences Building gained a new tree that stands as a memorial to Frank M. DeLeon Compres.

Life on a Limb

BUILDing Dairy Scientists

Training the next generation of dairy scientists and technologists is an ongoing priority for the Western Dairy Center (WDC).

Past Issue Articles

The Reindeer Express

The Reindeer Express

Isaac Bott, a veterinarian in Springville, Utah, and a Utah State University alumnus, is a leading authority on reindeer health.

Frøya Honors a Native Son

Frøya Honors a Native Son

A statue of John A. Widtsoe now stands in Froya, Norway, in hope of inspiring others to pursue careers in science.


Dietetics Students Visit Greece

USU dietetics students traveled to the island of Crete to learn about local foodways and healthy lifestyles.

Doc McKinnon

Human Health in the Lab and on the Farm

Recognized for his work as an outstanding large animal veterinarian, he has been coined with the name Doc.

Educator Award

USU Professor Wins Outstanding Educator Award

Brian Warnick, professor and CAAS associate dean, recieved an award recognizing his outstanding teaching and commitment to agricultural education

Ability Center

USU Students Create Award-winning Plan for Ranch and Ability Center

USU students created a plan to convert the Hinckley Ranch into an ability and equine therapy center.

Life on a Limb

Life Out on a Limb

Known for being president of The American Society for Horticultural Science and columnist for "The American Fruit Grower" for 25 years, Larsen was sought out by people in Japan, Italy and China for his expertise.

Silvana Martini

The Last Word with Silvana Martini

As a food scientist, I find chocolate to be a fascinating material. Chocolate products that we consume today are very different from those that the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs prepared thousands of years ago.