Wallowa County will shortly have a new OSU Ag Extension Agent.
Pete Schreder has been named to the post effective Jan. 1, 2019. He replaces John Williams who retired June 30.
The plan is that Schreder will begin a half-time appointment in Wallowa County then move to full-time on July 1, 2019.
In the sixth-month period, he will divide his time between Lake County, where he has served as an extension agent for more than a decade, and Wallowa County, an OSU spokesman said.
Schreder has several projects in southern Oregon he will be finishing before going full-time in Wallowa County. However, even when he is in Lake County, he will be available to Wallowa County residents, the spokesman said.
According to his biography, Schreder has worked in the agriculture and natural resource industry for the majority of his career. He began as a rangeland manager for the U.S. Forest Service where he dealt with the regulatory issues facing resource managers and livestock producers.
Returning to graduate school, he focused his education on rangeland ecology and, following the completion of his graduate degree at Texas A&M University, he returned to the industry as a county extension agent with Oregon State University.
Schreder has spent the past 18 years of his career working to provide livestock producers the tools they need to be as successful as possible in the natural resource and production agriculture industry.
He has been instrumental in developing reliable rangeland monitoring protocols for livestock producers to implement on their ranches and allotments. Other notable programs he has worked on include sage-grouse habitat, drought management and mitigation, juniper and upland restoration, noxious weed control and herd health.
For the past eight years, Pete has been part of an international rangeland management team instrumental in providing the U.S Department of Defense guidance in managing the open space on several U.S. military bases in Europe.
He has provided leadership to the Lake County Extension Office as staff chair and county leader for the past 12 years. In 2017-18, he was selected to attend Real Oregon, a five-month Leadership Development Program where he enhanced his leadership skills. He is an active member in the Society for Range Management and recently served as the Pacific Northwest section president.
To welcome Peter Schreder to the community, OSU Extension will hold a public meet-and-greet 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the extension office in Enterprise. Schreder will share his experiences and answer questions. Sam Angima, OSU’s Extension’s agricultural and natural resources program leader, and Natalie Kinion, Extension’s eastern region director, will also be there.