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 will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Please plan on joining us at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences will host the event this year. More information to come!
Thank you to the seven colleges/universities who came to our Science in the Sagebrush Steppe College Range Camp this year! The weather cooperated and everyone enjoyed the camp out. This event is held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range each year in April. If you are college age, please look for information and plan on attending next year.
"A Wagon Load of Dreams" is the theme for our 2019 local county fair. EOARC-Burns will have a booth and our staff will be involved. Come join us September 4 - 8, 2019 at the Harney County Fairgrounds in Burns, OR.