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Faculty Position: Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist

THE POSITION: The Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Extension Soil Water Quality Science.

This position is part of a 5 position coordinated hire to augment the capabilities and leadership of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) in the field of water resources, and specifically in water quality. This position will directly strengthen Oregon’s agricultural competitiveness by innovative solutions to current water quality problems in both managed and natural systems.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized extension and applied research program, with measurable impacts, to assist agricultural producers in sustaining or enhancing crop productivity while maintaining or increasing groundwater and surface water quality associated with agricultural practices.

DEPARTMENT OF CROP AND SOIL SCIENCE: The Department of Crop and Soil Science (CSS) is devoted to the application of science to solve problems related to natural and agricultural ecosystems, field crop agriculture, rural and urban economies, and natural resource management. Our faculty and staff are involved in basic and applied research, studying topics related to a safe, stable food system, promoting sustainability in agriculture, and understanding and protecting our water and soil resources.

Our faculty are ardent supporters of student success in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Oregon State University and the Department of Crop and Soil Science (CSS) is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, contact Jolene Bunce, CSS Administrative Manager; 541-737-5854

To review posting and apply, go to - Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist

Position closes May 8, 2020 with a “for full consideration” deadline of April 30, 2020.

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“With some of these weeds, you have to fight them forever,” said Ed Peachey, a weed specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Many times, it’s more a process of controlling them rather than eradicating them."

This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

New research led by Oregon State University, however, aims to determine the best varieties and farming practices for the niche crop locally, which could help to kick-start the fledgling industry.

For Jake Carpenter, the strategy was to divide and conquer at the annual Oregon State University Small Farms Conference on Feb. 22.

“This provides an out for those hemp crops that exceed the federal limit,” said Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center Director Jay Noller. “They will have an additional market."

Compounds from hops may combat metabolic syndrome by changing the gut microbiome and altering the metabolism of acids produced in the liver, new research at Oregon State University suggests.

Though estimating the pest’s specific population isn’t feasible, damage to crops indicates their regional numbers are “astronomical” — likely in the millions, said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with OSU.

Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties.

According to Global Hemp Innovation Center director Jay Noller, the decriminalization of hemp farming has attracted more growers than ever to the industry.

Jay Noller, director of Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, hit the road to visit with about two dozen hemp farmers across the state, from the Willamette Valley to the Klamath Basin.

Researchers at Oregon State University's Global Hemp Innovation Center are working with other experts to expand the knowledge base of hemp.

A short spell of unseasonable rain in early July isn’t expected to diminish yields for Oregon seed farmers during this summer’s harvest — unless it persists.

The Global Hemp Innovation Center was unveiled this week by Oregon State University and will be the largest such research hub in the U.S.

A new project launched by Oregon State University (OSU) aims to help spread oliviculture throughout California’s northern neighbor.

OSU recently rolled out guidelines on industrial hemp. Now tools are available to help you engage with the public. 

“Hemp will get there with scientific information, especially if industry supports that,” said Jay Noller, who heads OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science in Corvallis and leads the university’s hemp research.

Lauren Gwin, associate director for the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, said small farms are a not only a key part of the state’s agricultural economy, but also environmental sustainability. 

As he watches the hemp business take off, Jay Noller, head of the Oregon State University Crop and Soil Science Department, is reminded of the evolution of the modern sugar cane industry, but at high speed.

 Jay Noller is stepping down as head of Oregon State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department to concentrate on hemp. 

Meeting mid-valley grass seed farmers and developing an understanding of 
living in a state with more than 250 different crops has been a priority 
since May for OSU Extension Service seed specialist Will Jessie.

The answer is yes, according to Jay Noller, a professor of soil science at Oregon State University, who has spent time in Cyprus but is not involved with the fig tree incident.


In a sweeping discourse, weed scientist Carol Mallory-Smith reflected on her career and addressed what growers might expect in the future.


Paintings by two Oregon State University leaders, Lee Ann Garrison and Jay Noller, are featured in the new exhibit “Littoral Patterns,” on view Sept. 4 through Oct. 4, at OSU's Fairbanks Gallery.

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Betsy Verhoeven said her immediate plans are to connect with growers in the mid-Willamette Valley, listen to their concerns and “get the word out that there is someone here.”

Oregon State University Professor Kate Lajtha has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors.

Integrated Pest Management Plans are being done by OSU Extension Service for a range of crops, from onions to hazelnuts.

For a place dedicated to honoring the dead, Rest Lawn Memorial Park has a guiding vision that is surprisingly focused on life.

Shaw said research in recent years has shown teff to be a good low carb hay.

“We started this project with a question: Are there novel flavors in barley that carry through malting and brewing and into beer? This is a revolutionary idea in the brewing world. We found that the answer is yes,” Pat Hayes said.

Strata, a new hop cultivar, has emerged from the public-private partnership between Indie Hops and Oregon State University.

From the “food and beverage issue” of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, a conversation about soil with CSS faculty members.

Corvallis, Ore. — Agricultural educators are taking advantage of new advances, providing students with an interactive experience through online “Ecampuses” powered by the latest technology.

Jay Noller

Oregon State University has selected Jay Noller as the new department head of crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Noller, a longtime landscape soils professor in the department, starts his new position on Oct. 1.

Oregon State University’s hop-breeding program was graciously awarded a $1 million donation. With this, PhD Shaun Townsend has bred a new, flourishing hop called X-331.

In a move that highlights the growing influence of organic agriculture in the state, the Oregon non-profit that issues USDA certification will help fund an organic Extension program at OSU.

Farmers in Northeast Oregon have discovered three infestations of glyphosate-resistant Russian thistle, also known as tumbleweed, Oregon State University researchers have confirmed.

The Oregon State University Extension Service has issued a pest alert regarding the presence of true (common) armyworms in Willamette Valley grass seed crops.

This year, OSU set aside land to study the crop, hoping scientists could begin to answer questions concerning the crop. Months later, those five acres in Benton County sit empty.

Three years ago, Oregon State University weed scientist Carol Mallory-Smith worked on the first such incident, when a different variety, MON 71800, was found in an Eastern Oregon field.

Onion growers dealing with a new plant disease that can damage the inside of onions but don’t know what’s causing it or how to prevent it. OSU researchers are looking for the answer.

Eastern Oregon wheat fields are already turning shades of amber in the wake of unusually warm weather that kicked off the month of June...

Read the latest news from the Department of Crop and Soil Science.