Braunworth cites need to balance industry support, academic independence

Bill Braunworth, recently appointed the head of Oregon State University’s Horticulture Department, knows what he’s getting into.

The university’s College of Agricultural Sciences is a critical partner for the state’s farmers and ranchers, and the horticulture department in particular works at the high end of crop production: blueberries, hazelnuts, wine grapes, ornamental plants and more. Big dollars, international trade, thousands of jobs and economic spinoffs ride on agriculture’s success.

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