OSU College of Ag Sciences honors retired Pendleton scientist

October 14, 2005

CORVALLIS - He may be retired, but Mathias (Matt) Kolding, of Pendleton, is still busy with research plots and feed grain development. He is one of 32 men and women who will be honored Thursday, Oct. 20, as 2005 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Guest speaker at Thursday’s luncheon will be Tammy Bray, dean of the OSU College of Health and Human Sciences.

Kolding, nominated by professor Russ Karow on behalf of the OSU crop and soil science department, started his research career with OSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station in 1967, working with the cereal breeding and development program. Later, he led the breeding effort primarily for feed grains.

Although stationed in Hermiston, Kolding did variety testing throughout eastern Oregon. As part of his feed grain development work, he began working with Bob Metzger on triticale, a collaboration that is continuing in cooperation with researchers in Canada and Montana. Disease and quality issues are Kolding’s primary concerns. His collaborative work led to the release of ‘Forerunner’ feed triticale.

The Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry began 22 years ago when the college observed its 75th anniversary. The registry honors achievements by those 75 years of age and older.

Others to be honored include Helen Hays and Edwin Rohner, Albany; Dan Warnock, Baker City; John Rosebrook, Beavercreek; Virgil Montecucco, Canby; Dalton Straus, Central Point; Emmett Pryor, Condon; Earl Bates, David Chilcote, JoAnn Hathaway, Richard Morita, and Clarence Venell, Corvallis; Ken Wulff, Enterprise; Duane Hatch, Eugene; Martha Jane Spratling, Haines; W. Arden Sheets and Connie Sheets, Hillsboro; Mack Birkmaier, Joseph; Donald Sands, La Grande; Glen Christensen, McMinnville; Porter Lombard, Medford; Murray Fretz, Mosier; William Domes, Rickreall; Kenneth Bare and LaBrie Ritchie, Roseburg; Bill Dolan, St. Paul; Genevieve Lindsay and R. Grant Lindsay, Shedd; Paul Dickman, Silverton; William Sandine, Temecula, CA; and Charles Stanger, Jr., Boise, ID.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin