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112 THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN F. B. Salisbury A researcher who has periodically studied the unusual mountain over a period of three decades says the mountain has not yet yielded all of its secrets. And photographs indicate that while natural change appears to occur slowly, the face of the mountain can be altered in a few hours by heavy rainfall.

119 NEW GRASSES FOR INTERMOUNTAIN RANGELANDS K. H. Asay, W. H. Horton and W. T. Hansen II Researchers are developing several productive grasses, even some which promise to capitalize on the desirable attributes of quackgrass.

124 DEATH RATES AND LIFE EXPECTANCIES IN UTAH: WHERE YOU LIVE MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE Y. Kim and L. Baal There are real and very significant differences in mortality among regions of the state. These differences may reflect the quality of medical and health care, housing, water, and other factors.

Projects in Progress 128 HELPING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HELP ITSELF A review of Experiment Station dairy-related research.

132 A SPECIAL UTAH SCIENCE CENTERFOLD You can take the boy from the farm, but you can never remove a dean from his field.

134 A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Doyle J. Matthews Even though economic conditions don't favor increased agricultural production, agriculture cannot afford to ignore innovation.

135 NO-TILL RENOVATION OF MEADOWS J. Barnard, L. H. Davis, A. D. LeBaron and J. L. Bushnell It may be profitable to use no-till techniques to improve "medium-quality" meadows. Herbicide cost is an important factor.

140 FARMLAND TRENDS AND ECONOMICS IN UTAH AND THE UNITED STATES W. C. Lewis and S. Dyner An increase in population seems to have little effect on the conversion of agricultural land to other uses.

145 WHEAT PRODUCTION IN THE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS OF SPACE B. Bugbee and F. B. Salisbury Learning how to produce food in a controlled environment life support system (CELSS) presents unusual challenges and opportunities. USU researchers are determining how future astronauts can rely on wheat to recycle wastes, regenerate food and oxygen, and purify water.