By MATTHEW WEAVER
PENDLETON, Ore. -- Officials at Oregon State University are asking growers about their research priorities as they prepare to fill two positions at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.
Dan Arp, dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, said he expects to open the search for a new center director soon. Director Steve Petrie left the center in April to work for fertilizer company Yara US. Stephen Machado is the interim director.
"What sort of qualities are you looking for in a leader?" Arp asked farmers at the Pendleton Field Day June 11 at the research station. "We are looking for your input in that area."
The station will also fill another research position at the center. Arp said the college is soliciting information from growers, advisory committees and university staff to understand the focus of that researcher.
Arp asked farmers to consider their priorities for the next 10 to 15 years.
"We have a unique opportunity here with two positions to think about filling," Arp said. "We want to make sure we are hearing from the growers and know what they view as the top priorities."
Arp hopes to advertise for the second position in a matter of months.