Grant retires after 20 years

30_drgrantDR. GRANT JACKSON RETIRES  — Dr. Grant Jackson, right, stands with Dr. Olga Welsh, who has filled his prior position with the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center. Jackson is retiring after 20 years of soil science in Conrad.  I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Grant D. Jackson, Interim Supt., Ph.D., has been working for Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC) in Conrad for the past 20 years.

During Jackson’s time with WTARC he has been an Associate Professor of Agronomy, a Professor of Agronomy and Interim Superintendent.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy in 1968 from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and he received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from Montana State University. He received his Master’s in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Science in 1974.

After receiving his doctorate, he worked in Kremmling, Colo., Redding, Calif., back in Bozeman, Powell, Wyo., and then finally Conrad.

Jackson has many research accomplishments including developing, defining and refining some fertilizer guidelines.

His professional certifications are Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Professional Soil Scientist.  He belongs to the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

Jackson was born in 1945 in Perryton, Texas and has been married to Corline for 45 years.

The couple have two children. Their daughter Sonda, who is married to a military man, is currently stationed in Leavenworth, Kan. and has two children of her own. Their son Bret currently lives in Shelby.

Jackson has no specific plans after retirement and said that “God laughs at us for making plans”. He does plan to visit his grandchildren and watch them participate in various sports and activities.

Dr. Olga Welsh, from St. Petersburg, Russia, is Jackson’s replacement and she began work on Nov. 1. Jackson said that she will be conducting the soil science, fertilizer management research at WTARC. He also noted that “the stations advisory committee were very out spoken in their desire for the soil fertility research to continue.”