CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University Department of Crop and Soil Science will sponsor its annual seminar series on "Issues in Sustainable Agriculture," winter quarter, 2000.

"This year's series will focus on water and water quality from a watershed perspective and how agriculturists must, can and are dealing with water issues on this scale," said Russ Karow, professor of crop and soil science at OSU.

The weekly seminar series will begin Monday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in Kidder Hall 278 on the OSU campus. OSU students can enroll for credit and the public is also welcome to attend.

The seminars will be videotaped and rebroadcast on AT&T Cable Services (formerly TCI) local access channel 18 (the OSU education channel) in the Corvallis area on the evening of the seminar at 8 p.m.

Those participating in the seminar (Crop Science 199) for credit must complete required writing assignments and are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but may also view the seminars on television or on videotape. Tapes will be on reserve in the OSU Library by Thursday of the week of the seminar. See the class web page for more information about class assignments.

Seminar topics and dates:


  • Jan. 10: An overview of water issues and the watershed concept, by Benno Warkentin, professor emeritus at OSU and former director of the Oregon Water Research Institute;


  • Jan. 24: Where does water come from and what is changing our supply? George Taylor, state climatologist, OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences;


  • Jan. 31: Charting and planning for change in the Willamette basin - a multidisciplinary approach, by John Bolte, OSU professor of Bioresource Engineering;


  • Feb. 7: Implementation of the Oregon Plan for salmon recovery and implications for watersheds, by Jay Nicholas, fish biologist, Governor's Office and project leader of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, Oregon Deparment of Fish and Wildlife;


  • Feb. 14: The effect of riparian zones on water quality - results from watershed monitoring studies in the South Willamette Valley, Steve Griffith, research plant physiologist , USDA Agricultural Research Service;


  • Feb. 21: Local planning for watershed management - the watershed council concept east and west, Jordan Maley, OSU Extension agent, Gilliam County; the Fairy Canyon Project, John Runyon, projects coordinator, McKenzie Watershed Council;


  • Feb. 28: The rubber hits the road, Part I - a grower's view of water use in the Willamette Valley, Jim Love, farmer and irrigator, Forest Grove;


  • March. 6: The rubber hits the road, Part II - Water conflicts in the Klamath Basin - irrigators, suckers and salmon - can everyone's water needs be met? Ken Rykbost, researcher and superintendent, OSU Klamath Experiment Station.

For more information, contact: Russ Karow, 541-737-5857; e-mail:

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Russ Karow, 541-737-5857