The College of Agricultural Sciences annually honors people whose lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, and the people of Oregon and/or Oregon State University have been significant. For 2017, one of the honorees is our distinguished alumnus JD Rowell of Sacramento, CA. Rowell received his degree from our department more than 50 years ago, prior to embarking on a career in agricultural marketing. 

Rowell's agricultural marketing career began with the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He helped with research and writing of publications to improve the marketing of Arizona's agricultural products. His second job was with the US ICA (International Cooperation Administration) in Brazil. Eventually, Rowell worked for many years in Sacramento with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, focused primarily on California marketing orders.

Rowell generously supports our department with the J. D. Rowell Fellowship, offering a scholarship for graduate students studying marketing.