Northwest Berry Production and Management Professor

The superb quality of Pacific Northwest berry crops is known worldwide, and their production is vital to local economies. The Northwest Berry Production and Management Professorship was established by a group of businesses and other partners to assure the sustainability of OSU's internationally-recognized berry research and educational programs.

The endowment will be used to hire a new faculty member upon the retirement of Professor Bernadine Strik, OSU Extension's berry crops specialist. The Northwest Berry Professor will prepare students for leadership in the berry industry, support extension programs to meet corporate needs for continuing education, and lead research of value to berry producers and related industries.

The professorship was established with gifts from donors including the Oregon Strawberry Commission, the Oregon Blueberry Commission, Berries Northwest, Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, and Forest Hills Farms. The initial $250,000 goal was achieved in 2012.