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WSU’s first wheat breeder honored at dedication
October 24, 2006

“Professor William Jasper Spillman inspired students, colleagues farmers and administrators,” said Steve Jones, WSU winter wheat breeder.  “It is our hope that he continues to inspire for generations to come.”  Jones spoke before a crowd of more than 100 people at the rededication of the Spillman memorial stone on Saturday, Oct. 21.  William Jasper Spillman was a member of the Washington Agricultural College faculty from 1894 to 1902. “Professor Spillman’s first varieties were released in 1905,” said Jones. “They were grown for more than 50 years and the genes from those varieties can be found in the pedigrees of today’s wheats.”Spillman was the only American … » More …