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The Extension Tradition in the Columbia River Gorge. August 9, 2016

The Extension Tradition in the Columbia River Gorge

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.

August 9, 2016

Location:  Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Hood River, Oregon.

The Extension and Experiment Station traditions in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge date back well over one-hundred years to the founding of the Mid-Columbia Experiment Station in 1913, and the first employment of agricultural agents in Wasco County in 1916 and Sherman County in 1918. In August 2016, two interviews were conducted with individuals closely associated with the more modern history of Extension and Experiment Station efforts across the region. Billie Stevens (b. 1951) is a retired 4-H Extension agent who served Hood River County from 1985 to 2009. Sandy Macnab (b. 1953) is an OSU alum who has spent nearly his entire life in Sherman and Wasco Counties, playing a major role in a wide variety of area Extension efforts since 1979.