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.
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
Our outreach programs and services extend to all 36 counties of the state, with collaborations that extend beyond Oregon’s state lines. These include:
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.
Keeping pH in the right range for certain plants is essential, according to Weston Miller, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist. Plants with specific pH requirements include vegetables, blueberries and rhododendrons.
“The key to pH is that it is going to influence the key nutrients available to plants – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – and other nutrients like calcium and boron,” Miller said. “When pH is in the right range, it makes it easier for the plants to uptake the nutrients they need.”
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.
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 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.
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
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
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.
Biotechnology in Agriculture
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.
Summer Agriculture Institute
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.
OSU Foundation Estate Planning
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.