Over the weekend, The Capitol Press reported that Oregon State University has hired a native of The Dalles to serve as drylands wheat extension agent for both Wasco and Sherman counties. 29-year-old Jacob Powell, who grew up in The Dalles, raised livestock and took part in 4-H programs. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2013 and a master’s degree in science and cultivation from Montana State in 2017. Most recently, he served a year as coordinator for the Sherman County Area Watershed Council. He replaced Sandy Macnab, who retired in 2016 after serving 37 years in the OSU Extension Service. The article notes that nearly a quarter of Oregon wheat comes from Wasco and Sherman Counties, with more than 200,000 acres planted in wheat and most of it grown without irrigation in a region that gets only 13 to 17 inches of rain a year. Currently, Powell is conducting a needs assessment for local extension programs and invites feedback from growers. He can be reached at the extension office in The Dalles at 541-296-5494 or by email at email@example.com.