The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences in the next year plans to hire a full-time agronomist for the Malheur Experiment Station south of Ontario.

The agronomist will work in research and extension education, Associate Dean Joyce Loper told Capital Press.

OSU Malheur County Extension Agent Stuart Reitz has taken over as the new station director, succeeding Clint Shock, who retired.

Reitz and the station’s advisory committee worked on a job description. The new employee will work on priorities based on planned, current and recent research.

“There has been quite an analysis of stakeholder needs,” Loper said. The new position is “a re-visioning of needs for the industry in Malheur County and the Treasure Valley area."

“Malheur Experiment Station has a very strong group of supporters,” she said, “and they have worked hard to support the station and its research in lots of ways.”

An entomology lab room is under construction to accommodate research Reitz brought to the station.

Repairs and some construction took place at the station following heavy snow damage sustained in January 2017.

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