OSU has new potato breeder

Oregon State University's Umatilla County Extension Service is inviting potato growers to stop by to introduce themselves to the university's new potato breeder.

Sagar Sathuvalli started Dec. 3 at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Sathuvalli was born in southern India, graduated from a horticultural college in Periyakulam, India, and pursued graduate studies in plant breeding and genetics in the department of horticulture at OSU.

"He is passionate about plant breeding and would like to incorporate modern genetic and genomic tools in the breeding program," according to an OSU press release.

The research and extension center is at 2121 S. First St. in Hermiston.

--Mitch Lies

Two join state forestry board

The Oregon Senate has confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber appointments to the Oregon Board of Forestry for a Port of Portland official with extensive political experience and a logger.

Tom Imeson, public affairs director at the Port of Portland, replaces John Blackwell as chair of the board, while Michael Rose, a logger with International Paper Co., replaces board member Steve Wilson.

Blackwell and Wilson asked not to be reappointed to pursue other personal and professional interests.

Imeson formerly served in Washington, D.C., under former Sen. Mark Hatfield and worked on the staff of Senate committees.

Rose, of Elkton, has represented forest industry workers for 36 years through the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers/Woodworkers District Lodge in Gladstone, and the International Woodworkers of America Local Lodge in Reedsport.

Kitzhaber said Imeson and Rose will bring valuable leadership, skills and perspectives to the forestry board as it works to chart the future management of state-owned forests.

"Managing all of our forests with sound policies is essential to Oregon's economic recovery and long-term well being," Kitzhaber said.

The Senate confirmed the appointments Dec. 12.

--Mitch Lies

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