Ag Matters

Equine Therapies

Apr 30, 2021
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  There’s a saying that there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. Utah State University equine programs provide hands-on experiences and research opportunities for faculty and students, including those in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the equine-assisted activities and therapies program combines caring for horses with caring for people.

Dogs On The Trail

Apr 30, 2021
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Many dogs love to accompany their humans on hikes, and faculty in USU’s School of Veterinary Medicine offer some tips for the trail.

Aggie Chocolate Factory

Apr 30, 2021
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Top-quality chocolate is made from just two ingredients: cacao (pronounced kah-kah-o) and sugar. But chocolate is the culmination of many factors, including where and how cacao is grown, harvested, fermented, and how the beans were roasted, processed, and stored.

Zoonosis And One Health

Oct 29, 2020
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It’s estimated that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and that 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.

Anti-Viral Research At USU

Oct 29, 2020
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Coronaviruses, hantavirus, Zika, West Nile, SARS, influenza. If a virus has made news in the past 40 years, chances are good that scientists in Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research have worked to understand how it infects people and how it might be stopped.

Forecasting Water Levels Of The Colorado River

Oct 29, 2020
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An interdisciplinary team of USU climate scientists, an agronomist, and a fire and forest ecologist have developed a new computer model that is an important step in forecasting water levels of the Colorado River several years into the future—enough time to help farmers and water resource managers predict and prepare for years when water will be scarce. 

Goats As Surrogate Sires

Oct 29, 2020
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Animal scientists at Utah State University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, and Washington State University, for the first time have created goats that can serve as surrogate sires to speed the spread of desirable genetic characteristics.

How Drones Are Used For Agriculture

Jun 17, 2020
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Often the best vantage point for evaluating what is going on with crops on the ground is from the sky. Plant and soil scientists and farmers fly camera-equipped drones over large areas to see where to adjust irrigation schedules and where to focus fertilizer applications or weed and pest control efforts.

How Equine Therapy Is Used To Improve Mental And PhysicalHealth

Jun 17, 2020
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For thousands of years, people and horses have worked together. Now equine-assisted therapy helps horses and people interact to improve mental and physical health.

Evolving Small Grains

Jun 17, 2020
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Diseases and pests that threaten wheat and barley are continually evolving. So, it's important to breed and test new varieties that are resistant to emerging threats.