Montana State University

New superintendent, plant pathologist appointed for Eastern Ag Research Center

June 10, 2013 -- MSU News Service

Hans Schneider, new superintendent and plant pathologist at the Eastern Agricultural Research Center in Sidney, is shown (speaking at right) discussing management of Rhizoctonia root rot with Dutch growers. (Photo courtesy of Barry Jacobsen).    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- Hans Schneider, currently living in the Netherlands, will join the Montana State University faculty and will be both superintendent and associate professor of plant pathology at the Eastern Agricultural Research Center in Sidney, pending approval of the Montana Board of Regents.

Schneider will assume his duties on July 15, so he will participate in the Eastern Agricultural Research Center Field Day on July 18.   

Schneider will develop a field-oriented research program that focuses on integrated disease management in pulse crops, sugar beets, and other crops under production in Eastern Montana.  Additionally, he will be responsible for the administration and management of resources in support of EARC's research and outreach programs pertinent to Montana agriculture.   

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Schneider’s experience and abilities join our faculty,” said Barry Jacobsen, long-time MSU plant pathologist and interim head of the Department of Research Centers.

 Jacobsen said Schneider will bring exceptional expertise to address sugar beet diseases, as he has spent the majority of his career working on sugar beet diseases with the Institute for Sugarbeet Research in the Netherlands.  He has also worked on diseases of bulb crops, potatoes and woody ornamentals, so he is well situated to address diseases of other crops important to Eastern Montana. Schneider received his Ph.D. in 1998 at Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or