Snowpack, Livestock, and Land Grant Colleges Live From the Captitol

May 15, 2012

Water, fire, food, education; those are the basic themes of Tuesday’s Access Utah when we’ll broadcast from the Federal Building in Salt Lake City at the Utah celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

We’ll talk about the effects of a nearly non-existent snowpack with Randy Julander, Snow Survey Manager with the Natural Resources Conservation Service; forecast the fire season with Forest Service spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock; and talk rural development and agriculture with Dave Conine, state director of Rural Development, and Mark Gibbons, Lewiston farmer and President of the Utah Dairymen’s Association.

Later in the hour we’ll commemorate the coinciding 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act which established “the People’s Universities” – the land-grant system of public colleges and universities, which helped make higher education more accessible to all.  We’ll talk with Chuck Gay, Utah State University's Associate Vice-President for Cooperative Extension. 

Today’s broadcast of Access Utah is made possible by Utah State University Extension.