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Mission, Values and Emphasis
The College of Agricultural Sciences is a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences. We foster leadership and science-based expertise in our students; and we create knowledge to solve problems, manage natural resources, create jobs, and support the economy.
Academics within the College of Agricultural Sciences prepare the next generation of scientists, managers, and leaders in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences. With 14 academic programs, learning is integrated with research and Extension to provide students with inquiry-based, hands-on experiences in laboratories and field locations across Oregon and the world.
The Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is Oregon’s principal research engine related to agriculture and natural resources. Centered in the College of Agricultural Sciences, AES engages more than 400 scientists in five OSU colleges, on campus and at branch stations across the state. The strengths of all these disciplines are put to work to solve complex problems of productivity, profitability, environmental quality, and human health.
The Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program connects Oregonians to research-based knowledge in a wide variety of topics. Extension programs support production of Oregon’s major crops, management of working landscapes, and integrated pest management strategies. In addition, well-known Extension programs, such as Master Gardeners and the Small Farms programs, enrich communities across Oregon.
Equity, inclusion, and civil discourse are highly valued within the college. It’s worth remembering that the legislation that established the nation’s land-grant university system was intended to educate all the people, not only the privileged class. That original intention has grown within the College of Agricultural Sciences, where today, diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand.
We are responsive to the needs of those we serve;
We are a reliable source of credible, evidence-based information and education;
We partner with individuals, organizations, businesses, and stakeholders beyond OSU;
We collaborate with colleagues to tackle complex problems with integrated ideas;
We include diverse perspectives in our research, outreach and educational efforts;
We foster mutual respect among ourselves and the broader community;
We are accountable for stewardship of resources and for fulfillment of our missions.
Our Areas of Excellence
We serve Oregon, a state with remarkable diversity in agriculture, natural resources, ecosystems, and communities. In a 2014 international survey, OSU’s programs in agriculture and forestry were ranked seventh in the world. Clearly, the college is well positioned to address local and global challenges through the following areas of excellence:
Sustainable food and agricultural systems: Global population growth and economic development increase the urgency for sustainable approaches to grow food. While Oregon is a global leader in food production, the college leads research and education in sustainable, profitable agricultural systems. This work is helping to increase a safe and reliable food supply in developing countries and to add value to Oregon’s agricultural and seafood products to keep Oregon industries competitive.
Water quality, quantity, and marine resources: As the global population continues to grow, competition increases for fresh water and marine resources. The college leads research and education in freshwater, coastal, and marine resources. This work is helping to increase efficiency in the use of water in agricultural systems and to conserve the world’s fresh water and marine resources.
Environmental and human well-being: Oregon’s high quality of life requires confidence that the food supply is safe and that air and water are clean. The college leads development of technologies to protect human and environmental health. This work is helping to identify alternatives that will reduce risk and improve lives of individuals and communities, from Oregon to Africa.
Integrated systems biology: Understanding the basic building blocks of life is essential to sustaining agriculture, natural resources, and human health. The college leads development of revolutionary discoveries in the basic function and structure of life. This work creates new knowledge that builds from fundamental genomics to integrated cells, organisms, and ultimately, ecosystems.
Natural resource stewardship: Oregon has exceptional natural resources that support both our economy and our quality of life. The college leads the nation in programs in fisheries, wildlife, and range management, and is internationally known for work in the sustainability of managed landscapes, natural resources, and the world’s oceans.
Source: Strategic Intent and 2020 Vision, Office of the Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, 126 Strand Agriculture Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 541-737-2331