Public lands designated with the 1862 Morrill Act were largely contained in Klamath & Lake counties; as such, our region has a long and enduring history with Oregon State University and its origin. In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service; agricultural research programs at the Klamath AES began in 1937 and the Klamath County Court provided additional funds in 1944 to support research on a wider range of soils and crops.
AES facilities at KBREC are owned by Klamath County and are leased to OSU at minimal-to-no cost. KBREC has approximately 86.5 acres of farm ground, of which about 55 acres are suitable for research; approximately 40 additional acres of land 25 miles west of Klamath Falls are leased. Faculty currently co-located at the Agricultural Experiment Station site serve many different disciplines for the region including: Crops and Soils, Livestock, Forages & and Rangeland, Horticulture, Forestry, 4-H Youth Development, Family & Community Health, and SNAP-Ed.
Klamath County voters approved a service district in 2015 which has stabilized local financial support for Extension and Research activities after several years of serious budgetary shortfalls made the danger of zero financial support a real possibility.
Partnerships include various local advisory committees representing individual commodities, OSU scientists from other campus departments and branch research stations, University of California scientists at the Intermountain Research & Extension Center, scientists from Washington State University, University of Idaho, and the USDA-ARS facilities in Prosser, WA and Aberdeen, ID.
In recent years, Klamath County has ranked 5th in total agricultural farm gate value of the 36 counties in Oregon.
College of Agricultural Sciences
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Corvallis, Oregon 97331
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