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Bernadine Strik

Professor of Horticulture
Extension Berry Crops Specialist
Berry Research Leader, NWREC
34 years of service to Oregon State University
Sept. 15, 1987 – Dec. 31, 2021

Bernadine’s extension, research, and teaching programs focused on physiology and production systems of berry crops. She also served as the OSU lead on the USDA/ARS-OSU Cooperative Berry Crops Breeding Program, co-releasing 38 cultivars for the industry. Bernadine enjoyed teaching three undergraduate and two graduate courses and advised 21 graduate students. In her career, she published 150 refereed scientific journal articles, 39 papers in Acta Horticulturae, the proceedings of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), and 24 book chapters. Bernadine co-authored 71 OSU Extension Service publications and shared her knowledge with berry industries in Oregon, nationally, and internationally through trade journal articles, presentations, workshops, field days, online courses, and webinars. Her research outcomes in modified planting densities, pruning techniques and severity, mulch types, optimization of fertilization programs, methods to improve fruit quality, and best organic production systems were estimated to increase value of the berry industries more than $10 million per year in Oregon alone; many of these systems were adopted nationally and internationally.

Bernadine’s service to the university and professional organizations was broad including mentoring junior faculty and being on promotion and tenure committees in the department and the college, co-convening national and international conferences, and serving as chair of the Section Vine & Berry Fruits in ISHS, and she continues as an Executive Council member for the ISHS.

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the International Society for Horticultural Science, 2021
  • Duke Galletta Award for excellence in horticultural research, North American Blueberry Council, 2021
  • Bob Conroy Award for Service to the Oregon Berry Industry, presented by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, 2021
  • Outstanding Fruit Publication Award for a paper in American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) journals in 2019
  • Distinguished service award, North American Raspberry and Blackberry Growers’ Assoc., 2018
  • ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award, 2015
  • OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, 2014
  • OSU James and Mildred Oldfield/E.R. Jackman Team Award, (Team Drosophila), College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), 2013
  • Agricultural Research Foundation Distinguished Professor, 2012
  • Outstanding Extension Publication Award for paper published in ASHS journals in 2012
  • OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award, 2008
  • Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 2007
  • OSU Excellence in Extension Education, College of Ag. Sciences, Oregon State University, 2005
  • Outstanding Leader in the Blueberry Industry award presented by the Oregon Blueberry Growers’ Association, 2003
  • OSU Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education, 2002
  • OSU Briskey Award for Faculty Excellence, CAS, 1996
  • OSU Extension Association Newer Faculty Recognition Award, 1991

Retirement plans

Bernadine will enjoy spending time with her husband, Neil Bell, and their daughters Shannon and Nicole, and visiting family in British Columbia Canada. Activities will include enjoying lots of camping and road trips, wild flower hikes, birding, gardening with Neil, and exploring more of her artistic ability.

 

Steve Renquist

Associate Professor of Horticulture
OSU Extension Horticulture Agent
Douglas County Oregon
21 years of service to Oregon State University
Sept. 15, 2000 – Dec. 31, 2021

Steve’s extension programs focused on production systems, insect pests, and plant diseases of berry, tree fruit, hazelnut, wine grape, vegetable, and nursery crops. He was a regular speaker at pesticide recertification classes each year in several counties.

He also served as the Master Gardener program coordinator in Douglas County and gave presentations to Master Gardeners in many other counties. He trained over 600 Master Gardener volunteers during his twenty years. Steve taught an average of 30 classes a year on horticultural topic to the producers and people of Douglas County.

Steve guided the Master Gardeners of Douglas County to build a 10 acre Horticultural Learning Center that includes a 3 acre Demonstration Garden that is the finest teaching garden in Western Oregon. The center also includes 5 greenhouses for plant propagation and a Victory Garden to produce food crops for donation to UCAN to feed the hungry.

Steve’s service to the wine grape industry in Douglas County included being on the board of directors for 15 years and helping to develop the Umpqua Valley Wine grape growers marketing plan for many years. During his time in Douglas County the wine grape industry grew from around 400 acres of vineyards to over 3,000 acres. He organized an annual educational grape day in the county for 12 years.

Steve developed an extensive pest monitoring system in Douglas County that advises growers of all berry and tree fruit crops of invasive insect pest populations that could damage their crops.

Steve wrote grants to set up the first Agri-Met weather station for Douglas County to help growers get more accurate and timely weather data for pest models and critical temperature monitoring.

Steve would also like to thank the people of Douglas County for their support of OSU Extension and friendship

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • OSU Excellence in Extension Education, College of Ag. Sciences, Oregon State University, 2013
  • NACAA Distinguished Service Award, Excellence in Extension Education, 2015

RETIREMENT PLANS

Steve will enjoy traveling and visiting many of the countries he lived in with his wife Cida in the years before OSU. Steve finds great enjoyment in teaching and will continue to work with Master Gardeners. He and his wife will also be active in volunteer over-seas crop advisory services and church outreach.

 

Neil Bell

Professor of Practice
Community Horticulturist, OSU Extension Service, Marion/Polk Counties
May 24th, 2000 to June 30th, 2021

Neil coordinated the community horticulture programs in Polk County and Marion County starting in May of 2000. An important part of this was oversight of the Master Gardener programs in each county, including assisting with organization and delivery of the MG classes in the winter term each year. He developed classes on pruning of ornamental plants, pesticide safety, drought-tolerant landscaping and plant problem diagnosis. Besides offering these in his two counties he was happy to travel throughout the state to assist curriculum delivery in other counties. The curriculum on problem diagnosis was eventually expanded with the assistance of Dr. Jay Pscheidt into an online class and offered annually since 2012 to credit and non-credit students in Ecampus and PACE.

Together with Heather Stoven, Neil also organized and directed evaluations of landscape plants for un-irrigated conditions at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center as part of Northwest Plant Evaluations. Six different evaluations have been completed or are in progress and three of these have so far been published as refereed papers, with another in preparation. In addition, they have collaborated on a new evaluation of about 110 olive cultivars, planted at NWREC in July 2021. He continues to work one day per week on these plant evaluation projects.

Retirement will involve exploring more of Oregon with his wife, Bernadine Strik and daughters Shannon and Nicole, including wilderness areas, old-growth and wildflower hikes. It’s also an opportunity to spend more time in their garden and getting long-delayed projects completed.

Steve Castagnoli

Associate Professor of Horticulture
Director, Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center
29 years of service to Oregon State University
July 1, 1992 – Dec. 31, 2021

Steve served as the Extension horticulturist in Hood River County from Aug. 2000 to April 2017. Much of his work there focused on integrated pest management and pesticide safety and management for fruit growers in the Hood River Valley. He was an early participant in the Hood River pesticide stewardship partnership, leading an outreach program for area fruit growers focused on orchard spraying practices to reduce pesticide contamination of area streams. He worked with WSU and WSDA colleagues to introduce an intensive, hands-on training for Spanish-speaking pesticide handlers in the mid-Columbia area. He led demonstration projects implementing integrated area-wide management of codling moth and a program with area pest control advisors on monitoring natural enemies for biological control of pear psylla.  In 2013, Steve and collaborators from WSU and UC Extension developed a train-the-trainer program for Extension and industry professionals on airblast sprayer technology and practices. That project resulted in a national spray application work group focused on educational programs for orchard and vineyard spraying that is still active today.  Steve also worked on evaluating the performance of pear rootstocks and pear fruit cultivars. A trial he developed in Hood River supported the joint release of ‘Gem’, a fire blight resistant pear developed by the USDA in West Virginia.

Prior to his position in Hood River County, Steve was a faculty research assistant in the OSU Department of Horticulture in Corvallis.  Starting in 1992, he worked in the stress physiology program led by Dr. Leslie Fuchigami, and from 1995 to 2000 he worked in the viticulture program led by Carmo Vasconcelos. 

Since November of 2016, Steve has served as the director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River.

Retirement Plans
Steve plans to pursue his long-standing interests in natural history, skiing, hiking, and catching up on home and garden projects.