The George R. Hyslop Professorship
for Oregon Grass Seed Research and Education
In 1997, various organizations and individuals associated with Oregon's grass seed industry joined with the Hyslop family to establish the George R. Hyslop Professorship, in memory and recognition of Professor Hyslop's many contributions to Oregon agriculture. The intent of the professorship is to enhance and focus research and education efforts—both in teaching and Extension—on specific problems of the Oregon grass seed industry, which Professor Hyslop helped establish in the first half of this century.
George Hyslop's career—spanning 35 years in Oregon, from 1908-1943—was a model of careful scientific inquiry, dedication, and hard work. After receiving his bachelor's degree in agronomy from Ohio State College, he and his wife Susan came to Corvallis in the summer of 1908. In 1916 he was appointed Professor of Farm Crops at Oregon Agricultural College, and during World War I, was instrumental in developing Oregon's seed certification system.
An innovative researcher and effective teacher, Professor Hyslop laid the foundation for a grass seed industry, a hop industry, and a fiber flax industry, all in Oregon. He also pioneered a system for shipping Oregon potatoes and surplus forage from irrigated farmlands by sea to the eastern states, thus minimizing Oregon's isolation from major market areas. In addition, Professor Hyslop influenced numerous students who went on to have a major impact on Oregon's agriculture, among them E. R. Jackman, the popular and effective Extension agronomist for whom the present E. R. Jackman Foundation is named.
Since George Hyslop's death in 1943, a memorial scholarship fund established by the late professor's friends and colleagues has been benefiting deserving students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
In 2013 Andrew Hulting, a weed management specialist with the OSU Extension Service, became the fourth Hyslop Professor since its creation in 1997. He will serve in the role for five years.
An associate professor in OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science, Hulting helps seed industry professionals improve weed management practices and trains graduate students to work on weed management projects, including in-depth studies of grass weed species, such as annual bluegrass and roughstalk bluegrass. His research has focused on the biology and ecology of problematic agricultural weed species and invasive weed species management where agricultural/non-agricultural land uses overlap.
"The Hyslop Professorship is an extremely important position because it allows us to target funds to issues important to the industries related to seed production," Hulting said. "It's a great honor. I'm so thankful that the Hyslop family and their friends had the foresight to create this endowment. It's a rare opportunity to have this amount of time to develop important projects."
Hulting earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, served two years with the Peace Corps in Quito, Ecuador, then completed his doctorate in weed ecology at Montana State University. He worked two years as a post-doc research associate at The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Oregon State in 2006.
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