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New experiment station director wants to ease ag juggling act

Stuart Reitz collects samples from irrigation water to check for E. coli near the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station last week. (The Enterprise/Max Egener)

ONTARIO — Farmers are the greatest jugglers in the world, according to Stuart Reitz, the new director of the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station outside Ontario.

Between feeding the world, adapting to environmental challenges, and making a living, Reitz thinks farmers deserve all the help they can get.

That’s why he’s pleased to become the fifth director of the experiment station.

Reitz was recently named the successor to Clint Shock, who served as the station’s director for 34 years, the longest tenure in its 72-year history. The station is a resource for the county’s agricultural industry, researching farming practices. It employs five full-time staff, two full-time . . .