Extension, Enterprise, and Education: The Legacy of Co-operatives and Cooperation in Utah: Industrial Train
To support the Agricultural College of Utah's land-grant mission, its faculty visited rural communities to encourage adoption of better farming practices. Extension work included instruction at schools, exhibition at local, regional and national fairs, and conducting Farmer Institutes throughout the State. The College also partnered with the Union Pacific and Denver & Rio Grande Railroads to sponsor agricultural exhibit trains: the railroad companies provided the train cars, while college faculty furnished equipment and livestock to demonstrate new farming and housekeeping practices. These special trains, variously called "industrial" or "educational" trains, stopped at railroad stations throughout Utah and eastern Nevada, lecturing and demonstrating to groups of farmers along the way.