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College of Agricultural Sciences

As the founding College of Oregon State University, for more than 150 years we have lived out our land-grant mission in education, research, and outreach. With renowned faculty working across interdisciplinary sciences, we partner with leading industries and organizations across the state and around the world to provide our students with hands-on opportunities to make a difference. The research we lead impacts the health of our critical natural resources and ecosystems, innovates better understanding of food systems and access to food, improves the resilience and competitiveness of our agricultural communities, and advances entrepreneurial ideas that change the way we grow and develop food to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population. We invite you to learn more about our mission, our work, and our people—in Oregon and around the world.

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Oregon State University names Staci Simonich to lead College of Agricultural Sciences

Staci Simonich, a nationally recognized researcher and faculty member who has held numerous leadership positions at Oregon State University over two decades, has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. As dean, she is also appointed the Reub A. Long Professor.

Simonich will start as the first woman to serve as dean of the college on March 28. She has served as acting dean of the college since March 1 and as executive associate dean for nearly two years. From 2018 to 2020, she served as associate vice president for OSU research operations and integrity.

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Dr. Adam Ward Named New Department Head for Biological and Ecological Engineering

Following an exhaustive national search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Adam Ward as the department head for Biological and Ecological Engineering (BEE).

Ward joins OSU from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where he has served as Associate Professor since 2019. He holds a PhD from Penn State University in Civil Engineering and is currently finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in Birmingham, England studying rivers as part of earth’s critical zone, working to better manage rivers to balance societal and natural functions.

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2021 Annual Report

For more than 150 years, we have stood at the crossroads of conservation and production, innovating new ways to advance the future of agriculture and natural resources.

We partner with industries and communities each day to help the economy and all people thrive.

While 2021 continued to present challenges, it also revealed new opportunities.

Now more than ever, we are committed to our tireless pursuit to make tomorrow better.

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Oregon State researchers discover compounds contributing to smoke taint in wine and grapes

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Economy is sending mixed signals, but could a recession be near?

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OPB Weekend Edition host John Notarianni recently talked with Jordan Maley, an Oregon State University Extension agent who has been organizing...

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Oregon State survey suggests charismatic songbird’s numbers have dramatically declined

An Oregon State study published in the journal Diversity shows the number of evening grosbeaks using the campus as a migration stop-over site...

Faces of AgSci

"There are very few places in this life where you're surrounded by so many like minded individuals who are all here to make positive change in the lives of others.  "

- Nolan Carson,  Environmental Economics and Policy 

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We Are Out There

With 14 branch experiment stations and extension services in all 36 counties, the College of Agricultural Sciences is embedded in communities not just in Oregon, but across the nation and the world.


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