Kailey Foster

Agriculture Reporter

Kailey Foster is a senior at Utah State University studying Agricultural Communications, Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science while also getting a minor in Agribusiness. She was raised in the dairy industry in Rhode Island where she found her passion for the agriculture industry as a whole. Here at USU, she has held various leadership positions in the Dairy Science Club and the local Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter. She also also served as the 2020 Utah Miss Agriculture and is currently the 2021 Utah Ms. Agriculture. Here at UPR, she works on agriculture news stories and she produces agriculture segments such as USU Extension Highlights, the Green Thumb, and Ag Matters.

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The time it takes for officers from the Salt Lake Police Department to respond to an emergency have been increasing. As of August 21, the response time by the department for a priority one call was a little over 17 minutes compared to 11 minutes in January of this year.

Why is Utah's wage gap so high?

Oct 12, 2021
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Kailey Foster: Research at USU shows that the wage gap here in Utah is amongst the highest in the nation. Joining me today is Dr. Susan Madsen with the Utah Woman and Leadership Project, and one of the authors of the study.

  Kailey Foster: Recently, the US Economic Development Administration announced that Utah State University's remote online initiative is receiving a $1.1 million Care Act recovery assistance grant as well as other recognitions. Joining me today is Paul Hill, the director of the Remote Online Initiative to talk about these recognitions, and more.  

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A recent research compilation by USU shows that the gender wage gap here in Utah is among the highest in the nation. 

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Kailey Foster: Starting a new family dynamic can be difficult and introducing new stepparents is no exception. Sydney Gurney with USU Extension Healthy Living Utah teaches a course that focuses on stepfamily relations. She joins us today to talk about some of the challenges these families face thanks for joining me again.

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This week, United Stated Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the USDA is investing $464 million in renewable energy infrastructure projects across the country. Some of these investments is going towards three Utah businesses. 

USU Extension Leads Pack It Out Utah

Sep 10, 2021
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USU Water Quality Extension is leading Pack It Out Utah this month. This is a statewide trail and waterway cleanup that partners local governments, nonprofits, organizations, and volunteers across Utah. Joining me today is Hope Braithwaite, a USU, extension assistant professor for watershed quality.

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Today I'm talking with Sydney Gurney with USU Extension's Healthy Relationship Utah, to talk about a program to help build stepfamily relationships. 

Outside of his role in Star Trek, George Takei is known for his narratives and talks about Japanese internment. In a recent interview Takei talks about how history may be repeating itself.

COVID-19 and the drought has brought about many uncertainties in the agriculture community. Lower yields and raising feed prices have farmers working to make ends meet. I had the opportunity to speak with Governor Spencer Cox about farmers here in northern Utah. While my conversation focused on northern Utah, the message he shares is universal throughout the state. 

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Utah is a unique place. That is the message Governor Spencer Cox focused on when visiting the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday. 

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After nearly 20 years of deployment, the sacrifice of over 2,000 American lives, and $2 trillion dollars of taxpayer’s money being spent on the war in Afghanistan, so much is unknown about why the recent events in Afghanistan played out the way they did. 

Zucchini Recipes To Try At Home

Aug 17, 2021

Farmers markets have been in full swing for a few months and USU Extension’s Teresa Hunsaker is here to share with us some recipies to cook with your fresh veggies. 

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  The Utah State University Eastern welding fabrications team won the national title for collegiate teams in the StillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This is the third consecutive win for USU Eastern, as they took first place in 2018, 2019, and now 2021. The contest was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

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Recently, the US Economic Development Administration announced that Utah State University's Remote Online Initiative program is receiving a $1.1 million Care Act Recovery Assistance Grant, as well as other recognitions. Joining me today is Paul Hill, the director of the Remote Online Initiative, to talk about these recognitions and more.

Due to increased popularity at Zion National Park’s Angels Landing hiking trail, the park is proposing a day-use permit lottery system for hikers in 2022.  The permit would cover the chained section of the trail. Hikers would still be able to walk the West Rim Trail up to Scout Lookout without a permit.

Back in the spring of 2020, people across the country stress-bought baby chickens. Now that fair season is upon us, youth can show these chickens at their county fairs . 

Nearly 1-in-4 Utahns is a racial or ethnic minority according to the 2020 census data released on Thursday. The data reveals that about 74% of Utah’s population is Caucasian, compared to 80% from the 2010 data. Utah’s score on the diversity index rose from nearly 33% in 2010 to about 41% in a decade—an indication that the population is becoming less homogenous. 

The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 Thursday to overturn a school mask order issued earlier this week by the Department of Health Executive Director Doctor Angela Dunn. 

In an effort to curb the housing shortage, Salt Lake City is hosting a tiny homes competition.  The Empowered Living Design Competition invites designers, architects and others to submit designs for small dwellings that can help underserved communities. 

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked Monday for those that are wanting to participate in mayoral and city council elections. 

Residents who have registered to vote by July 30 should have already received ballots in the mail.  If not, election officials urge you to contact your county clerk’s office.

Twenty-three cities have chosen to forgo the primary election process and use ranked-choice voting instead in the general election in November.  

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The tech industry has seen great growth over the last 20 years and in order to continue that growth momentum, a Political Action Committee has been formed to work with the state legislature. 

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Campfires are an iconic part of summer camping, but with fire restrictions still in place throughout Utah, they may not be the best addition to your next outing.

Recently, when talking with Lacee Hemendez, she introduced the Buy Produce for Your Neighbor program that is at some farmers' markets around Utah. Joining me today is Kayla Lane, Weber County Create Better Health Ambassador, to talk more about this program.

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Every ten years, states across the country go through a redistricting process where district maps are redrawn to represent the population of a particular area. As states begin to get ready to start the process, representatives from all over the country gathered in Salt Lake last week for one final conference. 

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The drought and the pandemic have created challenges for farmers and small businesses across the state. Farmers Feeding Utah Miracle projects are one way the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation has been helping farmers, and now the foundation is working on more options to connect the community to local products. 

Ute freshman gymnast Kara Eaker has withdrawn from the United States Olympic gymnastics team after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated.

Salt Lake County and City Officials announced on Monday that the pond at Sugar House Park will be drained early due to low water levels. Water feeds to the pond through Parley’s Creek, which is currently dry and causing the low water levels in the pond.

While watering lawns less can be done to conserve water during a drought, using less water isn’t always possible in agricultural operations. As water availability dwindles, some farmers are noticing decreases in their agricultural outputs.

Where To Use SNAP Benefits

Jul 12, 2021

Making healthy choices with our food can be expensive sometimes, but there are programs out there to make it just a little easier. Joining me today is LaCee Jimenez with USU Extension’s Create Better Health Program to talk about how SNAP education programs can help people.

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