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Note from the Editor

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Thoughts from editor Peg Herring.

The sizzling kitchen on the cover represents some of the innovative ideas on the front burner at OSU. And with this issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, we’re dishing up some new ingredients.

Andy Duncan has edited this magazine for almost a quarter of a century. Recently, he moved to a position as head of OSU’s Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications.

I knew Oregon’s Agricultural Progress long before I knew Andy. The magazine had always caught my eye. Its beautiful design and offbeat stories opened up worlds to me as a reader that I didn’t know anything about until that moment.

Now I’ve moved from reader to editor. I look forward to working with all the talented people who contribute to each issue of the magazine and maintain its long tradition of creativity and excellence.

So, here we go:

In this issue, we visit a hotspot for innovation, where OSU’s newest experiment station is cooking up ways to market Oregon’s bountiful harvest. Theresa Novak takes us on a tour of the Food Innovation Center, and the ideas it’s taking to market.

Speaking of food innovations, it’s not just a choice of mashed, fried or hash-browns any more. You’ll find potatoes in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and tastes, thanks in part to OSU researchers who have spent decades breeding new potato varieties. Carol Savonen takes us digging with the experts as they unearth some of these new potatoes.

In the shadow of the Rose City, we find Oregon’s leading agricultural industry in full bloom. Bob Rost explores how innovative research at OSU has helped the nursery and greenhouse industry thrive in Oregon’s largest metro area.

From roses to potatoes to people, we all credit our good looks to our genes. In the story Cell Wars, we take a look behind the genes, at a world of molecular missiles and cellular smart bombs. It’s a world that OSU researchers are pioneering, and their discoveries may offer new ways to combat human diseases.

Another kind of battle was recently averted when two very different groups of people discovered they shared more in common than they thought. The story The Salmon Connection tells how Eastern Oregon farmers and coastal fishermen helped bring together experiment stations on opposite sides of the state to learn more about the salmon that connects them.

Good reading.