Fall 2021 News Stories

At the most recent MANRRS Regional conference, 3 College of Agricultural Sciences students placed in 3 different competitions.

While this was the second year the MANRRS Region VI Regional workshop was virtual due to COVID, it was still just as impactful and engaging. The event was a huge success with more than 600 registered attendees. The virtual career fair had nearly 40 organizations there where students could meet and network with company representatives for job and internship opportunities. The conference kicked off Monday Oct. 10th with a Pre-conference workshop called the Rural Studies Institute. The purpose of this workshop was to foster collaboration and intergenerational education through discussions and networking among youth / young adults, Black Farmers, government, industry, cooperatives, and nonprofits across the food and fiber industry. Tuesday and Wednesday students attended workshops in various categories from technology in ag, ag entrepreneurship, and innovation to navigating job searches, interviews and networking and caring for your mental health. We had students participate and place in 3 out of 4 competitions at the conference. Charlotte Epps placed second in the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest and will be competing in the national conference in Jacksonville, FL in March. Dennett Flores competed and also placed second in the Interview contest. Johannah Hamilton competed in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition and came in 1st place. She will also go on to compete at the National conference in March. Overall the conference was very impactful and a great opportunity for our students. 

Charlotte Epps

Johannah Hamilton

New State-of-the Art Research Supercritical CO2 Extractor Installed in Wiegand Hall.

Vanguard Scientific of Aurora, Oregon has donated a MIDAS XII to Oregon State University. This equipment significantly augments the capacity to extract essential oils from agricultural commodities such as hemp and hops and provides exciting new opportunities to faculty from across campus for research and industry partnerships. Installation costs for the entire process line was provided by a donation by Natural Plant Products of Salem OR with additional financial support from the College of Agricultural Sciences, Global Hemp Innovation Center, Linus Pauling Institute, the College of Pharmacy, and Department of Food Science & Technology. FST thanks everyone for their donations and support.

Zak Wiegand, FST pilot plant manager, during the inaugural Midas production run

2021 AgSci FFA American Degree Recipients

This fall several CAS students received their FFA American Degree. It is the highest degree available in the organization with less than 1% of members attaining it. The degree recognizing the students’ outstanding efforts in career development, leadership potential and community involvement.


Bethany Leach
JD Stables
Sierra Alexis Villegas

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College provides undergraduate and graduate education leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and extended education programs throughout Oregon and beyond. Its research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.