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 legislative session

The OSU Statewides received $180 M (a $24 M increase). This represents full continued service level funding and additional investments that will provide for the university to sustain and grow vital programs and fill positions in areas of critical need across the state.

Policy bills provided for additional funding to OSU Statewides programs for specific projects. See OSU’s 2023 legislative report for a complete list.

In addition, the OSU Extension Outdoor School program (funded with lottery dollars) received $56 M, which reflects a $7 M increase.

Statewides Program 2021-23 Legislatively Approved Budget 2023-25 Legislatively Adopted Budget Total 2023-25 Increase
Agricultural Experiment Station $80.5 M $92.3 M $11.8 M (15%)
AES building maintenance $4.4 M $4.7 M $300 K (7%)
OSU Extension Service $59.3 M $69.8 M* $10.5 M (18%)
Forest Research Laboratory $12.1 M $13.8 M $1.7 M (14%)
Total $156.3 M $180.6 M $24.4 M (15.5%)
* Includes $2 M allocated to OSU Extension specifically to support the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems to work with agricultural producers to support and expand organic agriculture sectors.

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.