USU Extension and College of Ag Honored With Six Best of State Awards

By Julene Reese | May 5, 2022


Aggie Chocolate

Three Utah State University Extension programs and three College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) programs are recipients of the 2022 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 categories for USU Extension include: “Mental Health Education” for statewide mental health and substance use prevention programs; “Nutritional Health Education” for the Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program; and “Finance Education” for the Personal Finance Education Program.

Best of State award categories for CAAS’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences include “Ice Cream” for Aggie Ice Cream; “Specialty Cheeses” for the Aggie Creamery; and “Culinary Chocolate” for the Aggie Chocolate Factory.

USU Extension and CAAS award-winning programs will be recognized at a gala held on May 26 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. For further information, visit