We are proud to collaborate with USDA-ARS in research that supports beef cattle production while addressing issues critical to rangeland ecology. Learn more about our unique partnership below.
Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (EOARC) is a cooperative research effort between Oregon State University and USDA-ARS (Agricultural Research Service) focusing on rangeland ecology and restoration of wildlands, environmentally compatible livestock systems, forage crops, and alternative livestock systems in the sagebrush-steppe of the Great Basin and inland coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest. The Center's research program is unique in the integration of research about beef cattle, rangeland, wildlife, watershed, and forest management.
OSU’s research at the two agricultural experiment stations that comprise EOARC (Burns and Union) focuses on beef cattle production and management. Cattle have been raised in Oregon since John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824. Cattle and calves ranked as the state’s second-leading agricultural commodity in 2016, with a value estimated at $701 million.
The Great Basin area of the western United States faces a host of challenges and threats to the health of the ecosystem including invasion of exotic annual grasses, altered fire cycles and juniper encroachment. There is substantial and growing concern over a number of sagebrush obligate wildlife species and greater sage-grouse have become the cumulative face of these concerns. This video discusses the need to address sage-grouse concerns within an ecosystem management framework which can benefit all the goods and services the land supplies, including habitat for sage-grouse.
The annual Range Field Day was held on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Thank you for joining us at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences hosted the event this year. If you missed it, but want to know what we discussed, click here for the agenda.
High School Range Camp was held June 19-22, 2019. We had a very active and fun time! Thank you to those who joined us. We hope you had as much fun as we did! If you are considering the camp for next year, look on our Range Camp page for the brochure and application. 2020 Range Camp information will be posted in January but 2019 information gives you an idea of what kind of information you will need.