Serving Northwest Oregon

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) serves growers in the North Willamette Valley area with research and educational programs that focus on the region's most important crop systems.


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Oregon’s Most Diverse Agricultural Region

Nearly 40% of the $5.7 billion farmgate value of Oregon Agriculture is produced within a 50 mile radius of NWREC.

NWREC combines the research and outreach activities of Oregon State University to serve the needs of the region’s agricultural industries. NWREC researchers and Extension faculty focus their work and programming on our most important local agricultural crops including: greenhouses and nurseries, hazelnuts, berries, vegetables and specialty seed production, Christmas trees, orchard crops, and field and grass crops. In addition, four other programs cut across these crop systems—small farms production, organic production, pesticide research, and agrivoltaics.

NWREC’s unique geographic location and proximity to Portland makes it a critical interface between rural and urban communities.

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Ag Innovations Conference-Sustainable Agriculture

Our 2 day conference featured an exciting agenda of talks, field tours, and opportunities to network.

View the AIC presentations from both days.



Our annual Harvest Dinner commenced on Sept 23rd, 2022 following the conclusion of the AIC.


Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct horticultural crops research and to extend new knowledge to the horticultural industries and communities, particularly in the Willamette Valley. The location, just 20 miles south of Portland, provides growers with convenient access to research findings and Extension Service educational programs.

Research is aimed at producing better quality crops at lower costs, and with reduced environmental impact. Often the quality or form of a product must be changed to meet the demands of domestic or foreign customers. Growers must change varieties and learn to grow what the market demands.

Agriculture is Oregon's leading industry. Farming and its support industries account for 11% of the employment in the Portland metropolitan area. We seek to keep agriculture healthy and growing. Because of the highly competitive nature of farming, other regions will try to gain a larger share of the Oregon market. This means we must continue to test and adapt new crops and production systems to keep Oregon competitive.

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Tractor Safety Course

The Youth Tractor Certification Course is a 22-hour program designed to teach safety as it relates to driving and managing farm implements. It offers both classroom and hands-on tractor driving experiences, for youth ages 14-17 who are interested in summer employment opportunities in the upcoming agricultural season.

Courses are made available through partnerships with OSU Extension, Clackamas County 4-H and local farmers.

Check back in Spring 2023 for summer class schedule and sign-ups.

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BEAV Plant Health Scouting Program

The BEAV Plant Health Scouting Program uses unmanned aerial vehicles to assess the health of plants and crops from the air. 

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Learn about research and the latest news from NWREC in our quarterly newsletter.

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Sustainable Farm Agrivoltaic Project 

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News & Events

Grand Opening of the Parker House Labs-read the details in the December 2022 issue of NWREC News


NWREC Welcomes Dr. Scott Lukas as New Berry Researcher







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In the News


Olives on branch

OSU’s Olea Project Responds to Grower Interest in Producing Olives

Just as it took a small-but-enthusiastic group to invest in wine production more than 60 years ago, today a new group is equally determined to...

Lloyd Nackley, examines the flower on the Hesperaloe 'Straight-Up Texas Red' in a climate-ready landscape plant trial at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

OSU Extension Research Group Searches for Plants to Weather Climate Change

OSU Extension is participating in a multi-state, multi-university research team to determine the climate readiness of selected ornamental plants...

Nick Andrews, organic vegetable extension specialist for OSU, discusses how to estimate plant-available nitrogen from cover crops on April 5, 2023, at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Aurora. Photo: George Plaven/Capital Press

Climate Conversation highlights cover cropping

Preliminary research regarding cover cropping as part of the Resilient Dryland Farming Alliance will be presented during the October Climate...