USU Extension and College of Ag Honored with Five Best of State Awards

By Julene Reese | May 13, 2024


Aggie Ice Cream

Three Utah State University Extension programs and two College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) programs are recipients of the 2024 Best of State Awards.  

 Utah’s Best of State Awards recognize organizations and businesses in Utah that are outstanding in their area of work. Applicants are required to write about achievements in their field of endeavor, including innovation or creativity in their approaches, techniques, methods, or processes, and the contribution their business makes to the quality of life in Utah. Over 100 judges review each nomination before casting their votes, and applications with the highest number of votes win a Best of State medal.

Award-winning categories for USU Extension include: “Finance Education” for the Personal Finance Education Program; “Community Education” for the Be Epic Escape the Vape e-cigarette prevention program for rural communities; and “Curriculum Development” for the Hidden Gems Guides designed to increase family and relationship connections.

Best of State award categories for CAAS’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences include “Ice Cream” for Aggie Ice Cream, and “Specialty Cheeses” for the Aggie Creamery. The Aggie Creamery and Aggie Ice Cream have each won the Best of State Award four years in a row. 

USU Extension and CAAS award-winning programs will be recognized at a gala held May 24 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. For further information, visit