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Farming Mars

Bruce Bugbee recalls that on July 20, 1969, his mother called him and his friends to come inside because Apollo II astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were about to become the first humans to walk on the moon. It was possibly the only thing that could have enticed Bugbee and his friends away from water skiing that day, and those fuzzy images on the television and the wonder of what he saw were engraved in his memory. Lance Seefeldt was an elementary school-aged kid when he watched that first “giant leap for mankind” and is among the many scientists of his generation who trace their enthusiasm for science and discovery back to the rocket-fueled days of the space race.

In This Issue


Semi-Final Horse Show A Success

USU’s Western Equestrian Team has been a top competitor in the region for more than a decade. Until now, there hasn’t been a team in the region with the facilities or access to enough show-quality horses to host this caliber of event.

Making Rain Work at the Heart of Campus

The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) announced that a group of students from Utah State University have won third place in the annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. The group competed against 39 other teams from across the nation.

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

Scientists at Utah State University are studying various growing practices to optimize the yield and quality of hemp for botanical medicines.

What is Your Why

USU’s Advisor of the Year, Kaylee Roholt, tells of helping students navigate college and how she discovered her own why.

Veteran on horse

Ride Utah: Veterans Taking the Reins

Utah State University Extension’s Ride Utah! program for military veterans is proving to be successful just 4 years since its creation. Veterans and their families learn how to work with horses and often benefit from the therapeutic effects of being in the saddle.

Ray Wheeler

It Takes More Than Rocket Science

When Ray Wheeler arrived in Utah to do graduate work in plant ecology, he had a fascination with plants, a love of science and discovery, and no aspirations to be part of the U.S. space program. But that changed when he was introduced the NASA space research community at USU.


Hauling Your Food & Building Your Roads

According to the American Trucking Associations, companies currently need about 60,000 drivers, a number that could top 100,000 in just a few years.

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The Reindeer Express

Graduate Researcher Excels in International Embryo Transfer Competition

Laura Moley was awarded third place for her research and presentation at the International Embryo Transfer Society’s annual conference in March.

Bruce Bugbe holding plants

LAEP Faculty Honored

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) faculty members Sean Michael and Caroline Lavoie were honored this spring by the international Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

Past Issue Articles

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).