OSU names new director for Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

August 19, 2014
Valtcho Jeliazkov
Crop scientist Valtcho Jeliazkov will direct OSU's experiment station branches in Pendleton and Moro.

PENDLETON, Ore. – A crop scientist with international experience has been named as director of Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton.

Valtcho Jeliazkov began his career studying plant nutrition in his native Bulgaria and has done research and teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Mississippi State University and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Jeliazkov has been a director of the University of Wyoming’s Sheridan Research and Extension Center where his focus is dryland cropping systems. His research includes work with wheat/fallow and wheat/oilseed rotations, cereal forage variety trials, and alternative crops.

"I am delighted to have Valtcho Jeliazkov step into the role of director at the Columbia Basin Center,” said Dan Arp, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Dr. Jeliazkov brings to the job a wealth of experience in research and administration from his current role at the University of Wyoming."

Arp also recognized the important contribution made by CBARC scientist Stephen Machado, who has served as interim director of the center since 2013. Jeliazkov begins his role as director on October 30.

The Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) is a branch of Oregon’s Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences. With field stations at both Pendleton and Moro, scientists at the Columbia Basin Center specialize in research and extension work important to the production of field crops on 2 million acres in north-central and northeastern Oregon. Wheat and barley in this region generate more than $300 million annually. 

Author: Peg Herring
Source: Valtcho Jeliazkov; Dan Arp