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Willamette Valley loses OSU extension agent

By MITCH LIES

For the Capital Press

An Oregon State University extension agent is leaving after less than a year on the job, citing personal reasons.

Linn County field crops extension agent Paul Marquardt is leaving Oregon State University to take a position with DuPont in Iowa.

Marquardt, who started with OSU in March of last year, said he was leaving for personal reasons.

“I’ve loved working in the valley with the growers,” Marquardt said. “Everybody has been great to me. It’s a great group of people here, and I’ll miss it a ton. But with my personal circumstances, it just didn’t work out.”

Russ Karow, head of the Crop and Science Department at OSU, said the College of Agricultural Sciences has formed a search committee and hopes to fill the position within the next few months.

Karow said the department is looking for a candidate “with strong field cropping experience.”

“If we can find somebody with extension experience, that would be ideal,” he said.

Karow said Marquardt was doing a great job.

“We wish him the best and we’re sorry to see him go,” Karow said.

Marquardt came to OSU from Purdue University, where he received a master’s degree in entomology and a doctorate in weed science.

Karow also said the college “has no immediate plans to fill the vacant Marion County field crops position due to lack of funding.” But he said the college recognizes that “we still need a person on the ground in Marion and Clackamas counties.”

Marion County has been without a field crops extension agent since Tom Silberstein left to take a position in Klamath County last summer.



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