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Forest Grove student wins seed association scholarship

McCarthy, Evers both win awards to continue higher ed in agriculture


Christy McCarthy of Forest Grove won a $1,000 scholarship from the Oregon Seed Association at its annual mid-winter meeting in Salem Jan. 14, part of $9,500 in awards presented to seven Oregon State University students.

OSA committee chairwoman Nancy Aerni of Turf Merchants, Inc. presented the scholarships, all given to students seeking higher education in agriculture with aspirations for a future in the seed industry.

McCarthy, a senior at OSU, has been on the dean’s list every year since 2010. Her goal is to become a turf grass research scientist, developing new varieties of grasses with certain desirable characteristics. She plans to devote attention to the development of environmentally friendly turfgrasses.

“Reducing pesticide and fertilizer use will result in a cleaner environment for those who live and work on farms as well as the general public,” said McCarthy. “Clean air, water and soils are an obligation we owe to future generations. The use of these products will also have a far reaching benefit, since Oregon’s grass seed is used throughout the world.”

McCarthy has helped plant, maintain and give tours at McCarthy Research Farm, and most recently completed an internship with DuPont Pioneer in Hermiston, Ore., working with corn.

Mitch Evers of Forest Grove also received a scholarship.

The OSA is a nonprofit agricultural trade association representing the interests of Oregon’s world-renowned seed industry. OSA members market and distribute Oregon grass and agricultural seed to more than 70 countries on six continents.




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