OWRC seeks new leadership

The Oregon Water Resources Congress has appointed April Snell as its interim executive director while it looks for a replacement for Anita Winkler, who stepped down earlier this month.

Winkler has taken a position with the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. She served as executive director of the congress for 10 years.

Snell previously served as OWRC's assistant director.

OWRC is a trade association that represents Oregon irrigation districts. It provides representation for more than 560,000 irrigated acres.

--Mitch Lies

CHS board members chosen

A Minnesota farmer has been named director of the board of CHS, the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative.

Jerry Hasnedl, a long-time director of the co-op, was selected chairman during the 17-member board's yearly organizational meeting Dec. 8.

Also elected to one-year board leadership terms were Dan Schurr of Iowa; Steve Fritel of North Dakota; Dennis Carlson of North Dakota; and David Bielenberg of Silverton, Ore.

Bielenberg has served on the board from 2002-2006 and from 2009 to the present.

--Mitch Lies

Association honors five

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- The Washington State Horticultural Association honored several industry members with awards at its annual banquet, Dec. 6.

Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, received the Silver Apple Award for spearheading technology research and funding.

Dick Woodin, president of Congdon Orchards Inc., Yakima, received the Silver Pear Award. He has served on several industry pear committees and organizations.

Kate Evans, Washington State University apple and pear breeder, received the Women's Leadership Through Science Award.

Heather Hansen, executive director of Washington Friends of Farms and Forests, received the Women's Leadership Through Service Award.

Harold Ostenson, a leader in Washington organic tree fruit production for more than 25 years, received the Organic Industry Service Award.

-- Dan Wheat

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