Table of contents

Utah's Drought - What Can We Do About It? E. Arlo Richardson, Paul D. Christensen, Wade G. Dewey, Rex F. Nielson, Gaylen L. Ashcroft and R. J. Hanks Even if Utah is luckier than California, and we are into just a 1-year drought, our urgent need to conserve water in 1977 is undeniable. This article defines useful guidelines for urbanites as well as farmers. 3

Cycles, Circles and Scythes - (Weather Throu!tl the Ages) E. Arlo Richardson As you probably know by now, drought is not a new phenomenon. But do you know what scales and indicators the scientists use in evaluating drought occurrence and severity? Or whether the past patterns can be used in predicting the future? 10

Science Short Measuring Soil Water: Some Cautions 13

Utah's Geothermal Energy Resources: Their Potential Uses Jerome V. DeGraff and Peter T. Kolesar Electrical power production is only one of several possible applications for Utah's geothermal resources. The other economically attractive alternatives deserve serious consideration by the state's decision makers. 14

The Changing Profile of Farmers and Farming in Utah H. Reed Geertsen and Calvin W. Hiibner For noncorporate farmers, part-time, off-farm employment is becoming a way of life. Whether motivated by economic necessity or a life style choice, the pattern has implications for future agricultural production patterns. 19

Sheep and Goats – An Evolutionary Jackpot Lois M. Cox USU scientists are trying to circumvent the normal breeding processes of sheep and goats. By thus evading evolution's ponderous pace, they expect to optimize the animals' forage conversion potentials. 23

Pinyon-Juniper Proceedings to be Reprinted 26

1970-2000 Population Projections Now Available 27

Projects in Progress Lois M. Cox 28

Index for Volume 37, 1976 30