How are the Statewides funded?

The three statewide public service programs are each mandated by separate, long-standing federal and state legislation. The Oregon legislature provides funding for the Statewides in three distinct line items in the state budget. State appropriations enable the Statewides to receive and compete for federal, local and external sources that fund research, outreach, innovation and other activities across the state.

This investment helps keep OSU at the forefront of bringing the latest science and technology to bear on the issues facing Oregonians and ensuring a resilient future for Oregon's food and agricultural systems, natural resources and communities.

2023-25 biennium funding request

In the past two legislative sessions, the OSU Statewides have not received their base budget requests to cover cost increases, which are mainly modest salary, benefits and operational cost increases. At the same time, Oregonians have growing needs to maintain the health of our communities, food systems and critical natural resources. We need to build a resilient Oregon and to do so, stakeholders have recommended we pursue a substantial increase in our budget request, recognizing the value that investment in the OSU Statewides has in their communities and our state’s economy.

For the 23-25 biennium budget the OSU Statewides and our many stakeholders are requesting $206 million, which is a $50 million increase, to cover continuing service levels and new programming. The request focuses on building resilient communities, food systems and natural resources across Oregon, leveraging the expertise and trusted relationships of the OSU Statewides.

This OSU Statewides funding package is incorporated in SB 458.

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Statewides Program 2021-23 Legislatively Approved Budget Base Funding Increase Resilient Oregon Programming Total 2023-25 Increase
Agricultural Experiment Station $84.8 M $8.5 M $13.6 M $22.1 M
OSU Extension Service $59.3 M $6.0 M $18.7 M $24.7 M
Forest Research Laboratory $12.1 M $1.2 M $2 M $3.2 M
Total $156.2 M $15.7 M $34.3 M $50 M

Previous state funding

2022 legislative session

While there were some individual investments in Extension programing and Experiment Station improvement projects, OSU did not receive the $2.2 million requested to maintain current service levels for the OSU Statewides. As a result, these programs had less capacity to address Oregon's critical needs and emerging issues. See details in OSU's 2022 legislative report.

2021 legislative session

The Statewides received $151.9 million in the 2021 legislative session, which represents a 5.88% increase. This included restoration of 2020 Special Session cuts, but was $2.2 million less than the full continuing service level funding request.

2019-21 and 2020 special session funding

In the second special session of 2020, the Oregon Legislature approved a 2.5% cut to the Statewides for the current biennium. Compounded to a single fiscal year, this equated to a 5% cut in FY21.

The Oregon legislature approved a $19.2 million funding increase (15.4%) for the Statewides for the 2019-21 biennium. This increase includes $14.4 million to cover continued service level costs and address past budget shortfalls and $5.2 million for new initiatives, including $2 million to the OSU Extension Service for fire resilience and recovery and a total of nearly $2.7 million to the Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension for water quality and quantity programs. The legislature also approved $375,000 for organic agriculture Extension, and one-time funding of $125,000 for a continuing Agriculture Experiment Station berry research position.