OSU college of ag sciences to honor Linn county resident

October 21, 2004

CORVALLIS - Jack Kalina, of Albany is among the 31 men and women to be honored as 2004 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

Dean Thayne Dutson will welcome the 21st class to the college's Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry during a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 21, in the OSU Alumni Center in Corvallis. Speaker will be former State Rep. Tony Van Vliet.

The registry started when the college observed its 75th anniversary as a way of recognizing the agricultural and community achievements of those 75 and older.

Kalina, nominated by John Landers, OSU Extension livestock specialist emeritus, has been a leader in Oregon's sheep industry and in 4-H and other youth activities. In 1957, the family moved to their present farm on Oakville Road from a farm near Scio, where they raise ryegrass and purebred sheep.

A 4-H leader for more than 30 years, Kalina helped organize the Northwest Shropshire Association's "Starter Flock" program for youth interested in raising Shropshire sheep. Association members give the animals to the program youth. Later, he helped start a similar program for the Romney breed.

Kalina and his family have raised registered Romney and Shropshire sheep for 43 years. He served as a director of the national Shropshire Association and is a past president and director of the National Romney Association. Kalina is also a past president of the Oregon Purebred Sheep Association and the Suffolk Breeders Association.

In 1962, Kalina was Linn County's Young Farmer of the Year and later was named the county's Livestock Man of the Year.

Others to be honored include Beryl Elmore, Applegate; Maurice and Donna Johns, Athena; Howard Mader, Aumsville; Gerda Hyde, Chiloquin; Lynn Cannon, Coquille; Rodney Frakes, Norman Goetze, Roy Hathaway and Harry Mack, Corvallis.

Gordon Stanley, Eagle Point; Morris Culver, Eugene; Gerald Terjeson, Helix; Bob and Suzanne Jepsen, Merlyn Robinson and Shirley Rugg, Heppner; Arnold "Dale" Scheller, Hillsboro; David Burkhart, Hood River; Frank Fobert, Hubbard; Delores Scott, Jordan Valley; Alan Withers, Paisley; Donald Hawkins and Stan Timmermann, Pendleton. Robert and Virginia Vogel, Talent; Virgil Ellett, The Dalles; Donald Michael, West Linn; Royal Brooks, Wilsonville; and Cecil Pierce, Fallon, Nevada.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Mason