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College of Agricultural Sciences

As the founding College of Oregon State University, for more than 150 years we have lived out our land-grant mission in education, research, and outreach. With renowned faculty working across interdisciplinary sciences, we partner with leading industries and organizations across the state and around the world to provide our students with hands-on opportunities to make a difference. The research we lead impacts the health of our critical natural resources and ecosystems, innovates better understanding of food systems and access to food, improves the resilience and competitiveness of our agricultural communities, and advances entrepreneurial ideas that change the way we grow and develop food to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population. We invite you to learn more about our mission, our work, and our people—in Oregon and around the world.

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Living Out Our Land Grant Mission



Lauren Gwin Named Director of OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

Gwin joined Oregon State in 2008, co-founded SFCFS in 2013, and became OSU’s first Community Food Systems extension specialist in 2015. Her work focuses on local and regional food system development that is grounded in sustainability, equity, and collaboration.  She leads a team of innovative programs and people that bring a broad range of expertise and experience to complex food systems challenges and opportunities.

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James Osborne

James Osborne Named Director of the Oregon Wine Research Institute

Osborne is a globally recognized professor and enology Extension specialist in the Food Science and Technology department at Oregon State University. His research focuses on the impact of wine microorganisms on wine quality and has been featured in more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, trade magazines, and Extension publications.

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Timothy Rager

Timothy Rager Named New IT Director

Following a comprehensive national search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Timothy Rager as its new Director of Information and Technology. Rager brings diverse senior leadership experience managing information technology for complex, decentralized organizations. Rager will be responsible for designing and managing the information and technological services for the College and will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

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Samuel Bell

Dr. Samuel Bell Named New Director of the Sustainability Program at OSU

With a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, Bell brings more than 15 years of experience advancing sustainability initiatives around the world. Leading teams in academic and non-profit organizations, Bell has designed projects and built social enterprise programs in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and other parts of Africa as well as the United States.

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2022 Annual Report

For more than 150 years, we have stood at the crossroads of conservation and production, innovating new ways to advance the future of agriculture and natural resources.

We partner with industries and communities each day to help the economy and all people thrive.

2022 marked a number of significant milestones, including a new dean, Dr. Staci Simonich. It also marked our highest-ever year of research expenditures and marked the public launch of Oregon State University’s capital campaign.

As we lean into these accomplishments and opportunities, we recognize that now more than ever we remain steadfastly committed to make tomorrow better for everyone.

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Farmers who grow barley and hops having to adapt to climate change

Farmers are seeing their barley crops impacted by extreme heat, drought and unpredictable growing seasons.

"In any agricultural crop,...

Honey bee boxes. Photo: OSU

Oregon State researchers lead $4.2 million USDA grant to study disease plaguing honey bees

“It’s an enigmatic disease. We understand the basics, but we don’t know why this disease flares up some years and then goes down,” said project...

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Researchers look to fill gaps in understanding tufted puffins

Rachael Orben, an assistant professor and researcher at Oregon State University, has been leading efforts to document what puffins eat by taking...

A blue whale surfaces in New Zealand's South Taranaki Bight. Photo credit: Dawn Barlow.

Blue whales: Ocean giants return to 'safe' tropical haven

Blue whales - the largest animals on Earth - are making their home in a part of the Indian Ocean where they were wiped out by whaling decades...

Faces of AgSci

"I believe this world provides opportunities for us to explore. If any chance comes to you, don’t hesitate to explore that opportunity."

- Fang-Yu (Betty) Shen, Ph.D. Wildlife Science
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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.


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