Klamath Basin growers create new endowment

Klamath Basin potato growers George Rajnus, Dan Chin and Lon Baley, with Bill Brewer, president and CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission (OPC), presented a check for $100,000 to Dan Arp, Ph.D., Oregon State University (OSU) dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Karow, Ph.D., department head of Crop and Soil Science.

The check represents the intent of the Klamath Basin potato industry, with the support of OPC, to contribute $250,000 to the OSU Foundation before 2018.

The money, along with a Provost Endowed Faculty match, will fund an endowment to support the Klamath Basin Potato Endowed Faculty Scholar Fund in perpetuity.

The fund will support the work of a faculty member at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, and will focus on issues unique to local potato growers.

Call the OPC office at 503-239-4763, or email Bill Brewer at for information on making contributions to the fund.

Originally posted Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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