July 2003

July 25th

The Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon has awarded grants for 28 Oregon State University projects ranging from a study of a new use for the world's oldest crop to research with several types of innovative crop production practices.
OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science has awarded endowed professorships to two of its most accomplished faculty members: Steve Knapp and Mark Mellbye.
Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) (Anisogramma anomala) fungus was found by two hazelnut growers, in north Albany and in south Coburg in early July 2003. The discovery of this devastating disease is bad news for the hazelnut growers in the south Willamette Valley. The discovery of EFB has the potential to affect over 28,000 acres of hazelnuts in Oregon, valued at over $23,000,000. The OSU/Lane County Extension Service, Oregon Hazelnut Commission and the Oregon Nut Growers Society will be holding a information session on Friday, July 25 at noon at the OSU/Lane County Extension office, 950 West 13 Avenue, Eugene, to discuss the discovery of Eastern Filbert Blight in Lane and Linn counties. In addition, the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service has planned two grower field tours for August 20 and 21, to inform the growers about the disease and to teach them how to scout and identify the disease. Specimens with the disease, information and color photos will be available. Contact the Lane County office for more information, closer to the field day dates.
The OSU Extension Service has a publication specifically to help homeowners in southwestern Oregon choose the right tree for specific conditions in their area.

July 11th

Fred Stormshak, a professor of reproductive physiology and endocrinology in the Oregon State University Department of Animal Science, was cited for his accomplishments in graduate student training at the 95th annual conference of the American Society of Animal Science held recently in Phoenix, Ariz.