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Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center was formed in 1994 when the Southern Oregon Experiment Station was combined with the Jackson County Extension Service.


In southern Oregon, a new generation of small-scale farmers works shoulder to shoulder with established orchards and start-up wineries. The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) provides research-based programs for this active and growing community as they constantly reinvent the agricultural possibilities of the fertile Rogue Valley.

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff help thousands of Jackson County residents find answers and solve problems every year, in addition to instructing on-going programs and a selection of season-appropriate classes. Ten faculty and two support staff members work in the Extension Unit. Two scientists, working in entomology, plant pathology and horticulture, are located in the Research Unit.

Recent News

crop being irrigated

Improving drought resilience in the Rogue Valley

"We do a fair amount of work across different crops on water-use efficiency," said Gordon Jones, an Assistant Professor at the Southern Oregon Research Extension Center. "Not in every case but in many cases in the Rogue Valley there are...

Pacific Northwest Growers Can Protect Plants from Heat Waves and Still Have a Good Harvest

“On some grand level, the smoke, the heat, and the drought are connected, and we could probably have a climate change discussion at the macro scale,” says Gordon Jones an assistant professor of general agriculture. 

Alec Levin researches wine grapes and irrigation in southern Oregon. Photo by Stephen Ward.

Southern Oregon wine grapes may need less water, OSU Extension study shows

Oregon wine grape growers in southern Oregon may be able to cut their water usage by almost half, according to an Oregon State University study.

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