Dr. James R.
James R. Baggett graduated with a bachelor's degree in
agriculture from the University of Idaho in 1952. He
completed his doctorate in 1956 at Oregon State University.
After becoming a faculty member at OSU, he continued his work on
breeding peas, beans, cabbage, and broccoli that he had begun as
a graduate student.
the retirement of his mentor and colleague, William A. ("Tex")
Frazier in 1973, Dr. Baggett became head of the vegetable
breeding program at OSU.
Baggett had a productive and fruitful, 30-year career as a vegetable
His contributions were made through improvement and adaptation of
many varieties of garden peas, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, sweet
corn, tomatoes, carrots as well as other vegetables with a
concentration on breeding and testing of vegetables for processing, fresh
market, and home garden use, primarily in western Oregon. Home
gardeners all over Oregon are familiar with his tomato and pea
varieties, some of which are listed below.
He has published many articles
and has been recognized nationally by a variety of food and
agriculture organizations. Awards include the Award for Meritorious
Service (1989) from the National Pea Improvement Association, the National Food Producers Award for Raw Products Research
(1978), the Agricultural Service Award (1986)
and the Distinguished Service Award (1990) from the Northwest
Food Processors Association.
Dr. Baggett retired in 1995 and is a professor emeritus of horticulture at
Oregon State University.
Introductions: Here are some of the more that forty five
vegetable varieties that Dr. Baggett introduced during his career.