HOOD RIVER - Veteran Extension agent Clark Seavert has been appointed head of the Oregon State University Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River.

In his new position Seavert will have overall administrative responsibility for research and Extension education activities conducted at the center.

No stranger to the Mid-Columbia region of Oregon, Seavert has been on the staff of the Hood River County office of the OSU Extension Service for the past 10 years. During that time he has conducted educational programs in farm management for growers in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman counties.

"Clark Seavert is an excellent choice for this position because of his thorough knowledge of the tree fruit and wheat production industries in the mid-Columbia region of the state, and because of his keen interest in field research," said Thayne Dutson , dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station.

In addition to delivering educational workshops and consulting with growers, Seavert has also worked closely with grower advisory councils, lending institutions and commodity groups to determine educational needs. He helped develop a crop profitability analysis computer program that growers use to determine when it is economically beneficially to switch crops. He adapted a computer input-output model from a computer program called IMPLAN to show the effect on the Hood River county economy of removing l and from agricultural production.

Seavert has also been active in efforts to provide farm management educational workshops and materials in English and Spanish.

Seavert earned his bachelor's degree at OSU in 1987 and his master's degree at the University of Idaho in 1989. Before becoming an Extension agent, Seavert was self-employed as a wheat and cattle rancher in North Dakota.

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Thayne Dutson, 541-737-2331