We are out there every day, working hand-in-hand with communities across the state to provide real-world application of our research to improve agricultural productivity, advance environmental stewardship, enhance community resilience and public health, and fuel entrepreneurial innovation.

OSU Extension Service

Embedded in Communities

OSU Extension Service partners with communities in every county of Oregon to provide information, services and expertise to meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive. We're committed to creating positive change through programs and providing spaces where each person feels safe and welcome.

Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:

  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families

The Statewide Public Service Programs—OSU Extension Service, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory—partner with communities across the state to tackle complex problems that require Oregon State University's world-leading expertise. With an established and trusted presence in every county, we are the only mechanism for statewide community-centric engagement that provides access to research, expertise, and relationships essential for Oregon’s social, economic, and environmental needs.

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As a part of our land grant mission, we sere communities through our experiment stations at 14 locations across the state.

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.



Outreach News

cow and calf. Photo Sara Monk

OSU Extension’s Model Cow Helps Ranchers Deal With Difficult Births

Alberta the cow waited patiently while ranchers crowded around to help her give birth. This wasn’t just any delivery and Alberta isn’t a real...

olive grove at Red Ridge Farms (Paul Durant) / Airen Vandevoort

The pitfalls and potential for farming olives in Oregon

Olea, a project started in 2017 by Oregon State University, has been helping advise farmers like Durant and Wendland on olive cultivation...

planting in clay soil.OSU Extension Service

Tips and tricks for planting in clay soil

Q: I am currently removing landscaping plastic from my backyard. It appears the previous owners thought white stretchy plastic would be a good...


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OSU Cattle Plan: A needs assessment for the beef and dairy industries in Oregon.

Outreach Programs

Ask An Expert

Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening.

Master Gardener


The OSU Master Gardener™ Program educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corp of volunteers who extend sustainable gardening information to their communities

Art About Agriculure

Art About Agriculture

Art About Agriculture encourages artists to investigate the visual resources of the science and practice that sustains human life: agriculture. It strives to develop an understanding and appreciation of food and fiber production, especially among people not traditionally acquainted with agriculture.


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OSU Extended Campus, part of the Division of Outreach and Engagement, offers Online Degrees, P-12 Outreach, noncredit classes, Summer Session, and more!

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Field trip to the marina

We are dedicated to helping children expand their knowledge of agriculture, the environment, and natural resources for the benefit of Oregonians today and in the future.

Small Farms Program

Farmers Market

Oregon Small Farms provides information for the commercial small farmer as well as the small acreage landowner. It is hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program.

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)


Links Extension educators from across the U.S., enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

Summer Agriculture Institute

Inspecting plants

A project of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, the Summer Ag Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level course offered through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture.

Biotechnology in Agriculture

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Biotechnology in Agriculture seeks to provide accurate information, in context, about biotechnology.  Our focus is on the ways in which biotechnology is being used in agriculture, and the implications this has for the economy, human health, and sustainability.

OSU Foundation Estate Planning

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The Oregon State University Foundation offers Estate Planning. Designating Oregon State University Foundation in your will or trust is a simple, direct method of leaving a legacy at OSU. Foundation staff provide estate planning services. . Bequests can be of any size, and you can bequeath cash, securities, or property. This type of gift can also reduce your estate tax liability.

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