Jason Clark, the son of Brent and Cindy Clark of Morgan has been selected as the Valedictorian for the College of Agriculture at Utah State University. Jason grew up in Morgan, Utah helping out on their family’s dairy farm.
When he wasn’t milking the cows or taking care of the crops you could find Jason camping, hiking, fishing, playing basketball, soccer, or competing in contests with his local FFA Chapter.
After high school Jason attended Snow College for a semester before serving a mission in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu for the L.D.S. Church. After finishing his mission, he started school at Utah State University majoring in Crop Science with an emphasis in Agronomy. While at Utah State he received the “A” pin award twice which is awarded to a student receiving a 4.0 GPA two semesters in a row while taking at least fifteen credits and was selected as the Senior Agronomy student of the year.
His favorite things to do outside of class are hiking up Logan canyon, attending campfires, Western swing dancing, and attending Aggie basketball games.
Last summer Jason was selected to be an intern for Monsanto Company in Monmouth, Illinois. While there he worked in their corn breeding program and used molecular marker data to determine which plants had the desired genes and would be used to make the crosses needed to develop a more diverse, higher yielding variety of corn. Currently Jason is working as a research intern for the state’s extension agronomy specialist Dr. Earl Creech and is involved in researching the yield and quality differences obtained from using different row spacing, seeding densities, and varieties in Teff and Safflower production.
Jason plans on continuing his education at Utah State in the fall by pursuing a Masters degree in Plant Science. He will be researching the yield differences of crops under conventional tillage, minimum tillage, and no-till situations. After his master’s program, he would like to work as an agricultural researcher and consultant so he can help local farmers increase their production.
He would also like to work with developing countries to help them improve their agricultural practices.