Three members of the Utah Department of Agriculture have new jobs, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Cap Ferry.
Robert A. Smoot, formerly deputy director of the Food and Dairy/Weights & Measures Division of the department, has been promoted to director of the Weights and Measures office.Kyle R. Stephens, a meat inspector and, since 1980, administrator of the UDA's agricultural loan programs, has been promoted to director of the newly formed food and dairy office.
Smoot, a native of Farmington, studied animal science at Utah State Agricultural College and Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He and two brothers operated a Jersey dairy farm in Corinne for many years and Smoot joined the UDA in 1985.
Stephens, a Coalville native, joined the UDA immediately after graduating from Utah State University in 1975 with a degree in animal science.
G. Richard Wilson, Bountiful, supervisor of the department's grain, seed and feed inspection program for the past 12 years, has been named deputy director of plant industry for the UDA.
A graduate of Weber State College and Brigham Young University, Wilson started with the UDA in 1965 as a seed analyst and was supervisor of the seed inspection program until 1978.
He helped establish Utah's Near-Infra-Red hay testing program, operated jointly by Utah State University and UDA, and recently helped set up an automated geographic information system the agriculture department uses to plot agricultural information, such as the current gypsy moth infestation, on maps to plan action programs.