New Lane County Hazelnut Oregon State University Extension Specialist Erica Chernoh to Support Growers in Lane, Linn & Benton Counties

Erica Chernoh was recently hired as the new Commercial and Community Horticulture specialist for Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Services in Lane County. Chernoh has worked professionally in extension, project management, regulatory and research related positions for over 15 years. She previously held a joint position between Chemeketa Community College in Salem, where she taught horticulture classes, and OSU where she assisted with strawberry and olive trials at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Prior to that, she was an Integrated Crop Management Advisor with CABI, an international organization that delivers science based knowledge to developing countries. She has experience working with organizations worldwide to develop participatory training and research programs for the transfer of appropriate technologies. Following completion of her Master of Science degree from UC Davis in 2009, she worked for UC Cooperative Extension in Sacramento County as a Crop and Food Safety Advisor.

Covering extension responsibilities formerly filled by Ross Penhallegon and Jeff Choate in Lane County, Chernoh will also be supporting growers in the Linn and Benton Counties. She officially started on the job on August 20, 2019, is excited to meet and work with the farmers in the Willamette Valley.

Pacific Nut Producer Magazine extends a warm welcome to Chernoh in her new position and encourages hazelnut growers in to reach out to her with questions or concerns for their local industry by contacting her at (541) 344-1709 or

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