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OSU president Dr. Ed Ray speaks during the centennial celebration at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

OSU president Dr. Ed Ray speaks during the centennial celebration at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center celebrated its 100-year anniversary August 8 in Hood River, Oregon.

The celebration included a tour of the research plots and a dinner with Dr. Edward Ray, OSU President, state legislators, and other faculty and staff.

The center, which was established in 1913, specializes in research important to pear, cherry, and apple growers. It is a branch of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The experiment station’s mission is to conduct research in the agricultural, biological, social, and environmental sciences for the economic, social, and environmental benefit of Oregon. Scientists at Hood River specialize in research important to pear, cherry, and apple growers.

— Demi Cavanaugh