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OSU Extension names new leader for ag, natural resources and community development programs

Friday, July 7, 2023

David Warren standing in front of a tree on the OSU campus lawn with glasses and brown hair, wearing a white long-sleeved shirt

With a research and Extension background in soil management practices, Jason Warren will lead the implementation and coordination of OSU Extension’s agriculture, natural resources and community development programs. (Photo by OSU Agriculture)


OSU Extension selected Jason Warren as the new assistant director and state program leader for agriculture, natural resources and community economic development. He began the role July 1.


Warren has worked for OSU Extension as a specialist in soil and water conservation since 2008 and joined the Ferguson College of Agriculture as a plant and soil sciences associate professor in 2014. He was appointed a professor in the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in 2020.


Warren’s research and Extension efforts focus on management practices to reduce soil erosion and improve soil health in agricultural and urban landscapes. He also is involved in projects that increase water use efficiency in rainfed and irrigated crop production systems as well as reduce the transport of contaminates to surface and subsurface waters.


“I’m delighted to have Dr. Warren join the Extension leadership team as his commitment to Extension and serving Oklahomans is tremendous,” said Damona Doye, associate vice president of OSU Extension. “He brings a wealth of experience to the role from work with Extension educators, producers and other agriculture professionals. His service and leadership have been interdisciplinary in nature, giving him unique insights that will help advance Extension and agriculture in our state.”


As the new assistant director and state program leader for agriculture, natural resources and community economic development, Warren will help identify, plan, implement, coordinate, evaluate and report programs with campus and field staff to address critical needs in Oklahoma.


“In this new chapter of my Extension career, I will strive to support our state and area specialists and county educators in their efforts to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans,” Warren said.


A native Oklahoman, Warren received a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and a master’s degree in plant and soil sciences from OSU. He obtained a doctorate in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Tech and spent two years as a post-doctoral research soil scientist at the USDA-ARS Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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