The University of Idaho’s top wheat breeder is leaving to work at Oregon State University in Corvallis as the school’s new head of its wheat variety development program.
Robert Zemetra tells the Lewiston Tribune that the job in Oregon gives him an opportunity to interact with a good group of wheat researchers, and that he likes the area.
Zemetra has been with the University of Idaho for 26 years, but in the last two years the school has seen deep cuts in state funding due to Idaho’s budget woes.
About $5.6 million has been cut from the College of Agricultural and Life Science’s extension budget.
Zemetra’s Brundage and Brundage 96 wheat varieties helped expand domestic and international markets for Idaho wheat.
The Idaho Wheat Commission gave Zemetra its Distinguished Service Award in 2007.