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Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program
Black Raspberries grow at OSU's North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora
(Photo credit: Tiffany Woods, OSU EESC)
The Oregon State University Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program aims to promote improvements in the economic, environmental and social well-being of Oregon citizens. Oregon agriculture is immense; in 2011, it was a $5.2 billion dollar industry just at the farm gate for 220 commodities. This translates into about $11 billion in total economic benefit and 150,000 Oregon jobs. We have 40,000 farms, almost 90% of them owned by individuals. And, of 17.2 million acres of land in agriculture, over 62% of these farms are less than 50 acres, so family farming remains vibrant here.
The Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program serves diverse audiences in Oregon communities having specialized interests by delivering information through 90 FTE of faculty who have a presence in 36 county offices, 11 branch agricultural experiment stations at 15 locations, and who represent 11 academic departments at Oregon State University.
- the Master Gardener program serves homeowners and communities;
- the Small Farms program serves those with varied acreage who have lifestyle ambitions relating to natural resource utilization, stewardship and economic profitability;
- Commercial or industrial agricultural interests;
- Food processors, marketers and others adding value to raw products.
The Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program is organized by 19 work groups relating to these broader areas of subject matter:
- Crops and plant products
- Animals and animal products
- Economics and policy related to natural resource agricultural and technology issues and opportunities
- Environmental quality
- Food processing and value-added products
All of these integrate into economic, social and environmental improvements in various communities or for various industries. For more information, please see Oregon Invests! the online accountability database.
The Outreach in Biotechnology (Orb) program connects you to accurate information about how biotechnology is used for producing food and fuel, and its impacts on human health, environment, and prosperity. OrB's Food for Thought Lecture Series has brought internationally recognized experts to OSU to speak about ways that biotechnology can support sustainable agriculture. Podcasts, videos, and study guides of previous lectures are linked from the site.
ASK AN EXPERT
Ask an Expert is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening.
The OSU Master Gardener™ Program educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corp of volunteers who extend sustainable gardening information to their communities.
BRIDGES TO PROSPERITY
Oregon State University is Oregon's Land Grant University. The OSU Extension Service, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and Forest Research Laboratory are Statewide Public Services. What have we done for you lately?