Erik Feibert of the Malheur Experiment Station (Oregon) has won the Agriculture Research Foundation outstanding Faculty Research Assistant for the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.
Erik conducts onion variety trials and many other activities at the experiment station that are essential to the local economy. Erik has contributed to the development of management techniques for irrigation in the Treasure Valley resulting in adoption of new irrigation methods (drip irrigation), irrigation scheduling methods (soil water tension), and irrigation automation.
He has readily adapted to diverse work demands resulting from a small staff at MES, and his innate and learned skills in supervising temporary labor has allowed him to be responsible for an ever larger number of projects. Erik is a talented scientist, an organizer, a leader, and a team player. He has effectively provided research support for the small group of OSU research and extension faculty in Malheur County such that they have had local, regional, national, and international impact.