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Potato Grower August 2023

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 13 Dr. Carlos Bonilla Named Director Of Hermiston Agricultural Research And Extension Center The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has named Dr. Carlos Bonilla as the new director for the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). He replaces Dr. Silvia Rondon who had served as interim director since last year during the international search for a permanent director. With a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Bonilla joins Oregon State from the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago where he most recently held the position of professor in the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering. A well- regarded researcher and educator with numerous awards and accolades from both the institutions he's served and leading professional organizations, including the American Society of Agronomy, Bonilla is eager to join Oregon State's land-grant system to serve the greater agricultural community. "HAREC has been very successful for many years and the people there are tremendous," Bonilla said. "I'm excited to work with them and eager to build upon the connections with industry as well as campus researchers, to work even more closely with stakeholders, faculty and students to advance opportunities for growers." When asked about his main priorities as the new leader of HAREC, Bonilla noted several top focus areas, including agricultural competitiveness, helping growers compete on a global scale while balancing environmental sustainability with production with a focus on soil health, and water quality and quantity. He also noted new equipment that will soon be made available to researchers at HAREC to help local growers better measure soil nutrients, soil aggregates, and soil stability with additional research expected to explore the potential of soil carbon sequestration to address climate and environmental issues impacting the agricultural community and natural resources. Doug Baumann Promoted To Vive's Chief Technology Officer Vive Crop Protection has announced Doug Baumann's promotion to Chief Technology Officer. Since joining Vive in the fall of 2022, Baumann has ensured that Vive continues to deliver grower-first performance and design through the company's commitment to Precision Chemistry. Under his leadership, Vive is on the path to having the highest velocity innovation engine in agriculture. With a goal of putting a Vive product on every acre, Baumann's scope of responsibility now includes Research, Development, Regulatory, and Manufacturing. "I joined Vive because of the transformational power of the Allosperse nano-polymer platform," says Baumann. "It has incredible potential to improve crop protection when coupled with our Precision Chemistry design philosophy." Under Baumann's guidance, Vive is expanding its R&D facilities in Mississauga as part of a corporate expansion which will increase Vive's headquarters by 50 percent. The expansion includes new laboratories for plant science, microbiology, application technology, and space for 40 scientists. Baumann, who has been "living the science life since '99," holds a BS in Engineering Chemistry from Queen's University and a PhD in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, where he was a Fellow at Massey College. For more information, visit vivecrop. com. Carlos Bonilla Doug Baumann Automation that won't slow you down. Our world-renowned DS-9C bag closing machine is designed speciically for heavy-duty, high-speed, industrial applications, not reverse engineered or retroitted. Say goodbye to excessive maintenance downtime with intelligent engineering which allows you to maintain the machine without removing it from the line or draining oil to make simple adjustments. Switch your bag closing equipment to Newlong... Switch your bag closing equipment to Newlong... THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN PACKAGING

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