Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center: Burns

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.

Who we are

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. 

Research on the Range

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.

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Important Events


The EOARC Ranching Academy is tailored to beef cattle producers, those working in the beef cattle industry, and those interested in joining our industry. The objective of the Ranching Academy is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on diverse topics related to beef cattle production. A total of 8 in-person modules, combining lectures and hands-on activities, are organized to precede major milestones of a spring calving herd, with information pertinent to all herds, regardless of calving time. 



Breading Season May 17, Weaning July 12


Virtual Fencing - In-Service Meeting 2023


A USDA NIFA Ag2PI grant, funded a working group of Federal and State researchers, land managers, and producers to discuss virtual fence research, the creation of common terminology, standardization of data processing and analysis, and how to communicate about virtual fencing effectively to various audiences.

Virtual Fencing - In-Service Meeting 2023

Virtual Fencing - Making a Base Station Mobile


Virtual Fencing: Making a Base Station Mobile


Chad Boyd, USDA-ARS Research leader and member of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center's Precision Agriculture Technology Workgroup, talks about how virtual fence technology works and some innovative solutions to make virtual fence base stations mobile.



Virtual Fencing: A Riparian Exclusion Application


David Bohnert, OSU Professor and member of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center's Precision Agriculture Technology Workgroup, talks about utilizing virtual fencing to increase management options and flexibility when grazing montane riparian areas that are often critical habitat for threatened and endangered anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead.

Virtual Fence Application Riparian Exclusion

Ecosystem Management for Sage-Grouse

Ecosystem Management for Sage-Grouse

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.

Sage-Grouse Conservation: Linking Practices to Habitat Metrics



College Range & Ag Clubs Science in the Sagebrush Steppe

College Range and Ag Clubs provide a great conduit to explore career opportunities in the rangeland science field and to begin meeting those who work in this field.  At EOARC we conduct extensive rangeland research that becomes "science managers can use" to enhance and improve rangeland management.  We can learn together about the real issues facing rangeland management.  You will gain some extra experience on the land in a fun setting!

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In the News

RancHER 2023

From women for women. All welcome!


October 31st, November 1st and 2nd 2023 at 4:00 pm PT

Reseachers working with a Vale dairy have found that wildfire smoke cuts milk production by diary cows. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Researcher Juliana Ranches has been studying the impact of wildfires on cattle at Oregon State University for years. “When we think about wildfires, we think of the direct impact like losing your property and losing your animals,” she...

A new research project by Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture explores the unique combination of global positioning satellites, mobile cell towers, and educated cattle wearing shock collars. The study aims to...

Cattle on the range

The use of virtual fencing to manage cattle grazing on sagebrush rangelands has the potential to create fuel breaks needed to help fight wildfires, a recent Oregon State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Resear...