Volume 2, Issue 2

Environment and Society

While USU Extension is often thought of as an agricultural services organization, Extension serves the general public in many other areas and delivers a wide variety of education and programs to all audiences in Utah. This issue of OIQ discusses the efforts and impacts of USU Extension on environment and society. Building resiliency in our natural and man-made systems, as well as individuals in our society, will lead to a better and brighter future for Utah.

I invite you to read this current issue to learn more about our progress and impacts on youth development, water conservation, relationships and land management.

Increasing Outdoor Classrooms in Utah

The outdoor classroom design guide can help applicants successfully apply for the Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant introduced by the Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR) in 2021. The design guide includes case studies, design resources, and critical information for community involvement from statewide locations and will serve as a free public resource.

Read the full article here.

Forecasting and Adapting to Drought

In response to an urgent need to connect stakeholders and the public to information about

the impacts of the drought in Utah, USU Extension

organized the 2022 Spring Runoff Conference.

The conference was attended by 135 state and federal agency professionals, local water

managers, and USU faculty and students. A majority of participants reported knowledge gain and intentions to adopt water conservation practices.

Read the full article here.

Fatherhood Education During the Pandemic

This article highlights the transition of Healthy Relationships Utah from in-person to virtual fatherhood education workshops during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, evaluation results showed no differences in program outcomes between in-person and virtual formats. Qualitative data from virtual participants illustrates the benefits and challenges of virtual program delivery.

Read the full article here.

Preparing Rural Youth for Future Employment

With population migration out of Utah's rural communities threatening the future workforce in small towns, Utah State University Extension recognized an opportunity to provide remote work education to rural youth to empower them to remain in their communities and seek remote employment. Teaming up with Utah's Rural Online Initiative program, Utah State University Extension created the virtual 4-H Remote Skills Camp: For College and Career Readiness.

Read the full article here.

Using Less Pesticides in our Homes and on our Farms

The Utah Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program provides outreach and education to Utahns to reduce pesticide use and ultimately protect human and environmental health. In 2022, the IPM program responded to stakeholders’ needs by partnering with county Extension offices to deliver eight (8) in-person workshops across the state. The workshops connected Extension specialists and county faculty with managers of home landscapes and farms. The objective of the workshops was to provide participants with IPM skills to identify, monitor, and manage pest problems in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

Read the full article here.

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please contact the editors:

Dr. Lendel Narine

Dr. Cris Meier

Dr. Paul Hill

Andree' Walker Bravo

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