UI hires barley agronomist

The University of Idaho has hired a new barley research agronomist.

ABERDEEN, Idaho — The University of Idaho has hired University of Arkansas soil scientist Christopher Rogers to fill a new barley research agronomist position, the Idaho Barley Commission announced May 13.

Rogers starts on July 28 and will be based at UI’s Aberdeen Research & Extension Center. Some of his recent research has focused on methane emissions associated with Arkansas rice production, according to an IBC email to growers.

“His research has been published in multiple scientific journals and agricultural experiment station series, and he has been widely recognized for his excellent academic record and research skills,” IBC administrator Kelly Olson said in the email.

The IBC voted in February to fund a $1 million research endowment with the UI Foundation over a five-year period. Rogers will devote 70 percent of his time to applied research and 30 percent toward extension work. The IBC increased its assessment from 2 cents per hundredweight to 3 cents through 2018 to fund the position.



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