March 2008

March 28th

The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes volunteer work with young people across the state, in projects ranging from horsemanship to computer programming.

March 27th

Over the last several years, options for buying food grown with respect for the environment have expanded. In the Pacific Northwest, mainstream agriculture has improved its environmental practices and can become certified for doing so.

March 20th

The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program of the Oregon State University Extension Service has been selected to receive the inaugural 2008 Fish and Wildlife Service—4H Natural Resources Conservation Award.

March 6th

Combining the tools of engineering design with an understanding of how complex natural systems interact, the new Ecological Engineering program is part of both the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering.

March 3rd

Thayne Dutson, dean of the nationally top-ranked College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University, plans to retire on June 30. Dutson has overseen significant expansion of the College's education and research roles, including expansion of the OSU Seafood Laboratory in Astoria and establishment of the Food Innovation Center in Portland, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Also during his tenure, the college has won designation as the home of a new Marine Mammal Institute, and as western regional headquarters for the national Sun Grant program.
Research at Oregon State University to find efficient methods to process bio-diesel fuel and ethanol from algae could lead to breakthroughs in reducing the world's dependency on petroleum.
A weed science professor at Oregon State University has received the Weed Science Society of America's (WSSA) highest honor for her contributions to the profession. Carol Mallory-Smith, an associate department head at OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science, was named a WSSA Fellow on Feb. 4. She is known for her work on herbicide resistance and the flow of genes between crops and weeds.