Extension Service

The Oregon State University Extension Service connects Oregonians to science-based expertise, education, and partnerships including 4-H; public health; agriculture, forestry and natural resources; and community development.

Oregon Forest Pest Detector seeks to prevent damage to valuable trees

The dreaded emerald ash borer has wiped out millions of ash trees throughout the eastern United States and Canada since it was discovered in Michigan about 20 years ago. As the beetle has moved west, cities have spent ...

4-H youth sew Stockings for Soldiers

When soldiers are deployed during the Christmas holidays, they leave behind family, tradition and all the trappings of the season. They are likely homesick and missing their families. A 4-H club in Josephine County, part of the...

Living on the Land provides stewardship education to rural landowners

Rural landowners in the mid-Willamette Valley have diverse backgrounds and varying levels of expertise in land management, but show a common interest in responsible stewardship of their land. Many of these new landowners ask ...

Small Farm School boosts potential of new farmers in north Willamette Valley

Small-acreage farming is growing popular in Oregon. The 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, released in early 2019, shows that small farms (less than 10 acres) are the fastest growing farm size in ...

Benton County 4-H Wildlife Stewards focus on outdoor education

More students in Benton County schools are going outdoors to engage in science learning thanks to the re-energized 4-H Wildlife Stewards program, made possible by passage of the Benton County 4-H and Extension Service District in...

Master Woodland Manager volunteers improve Lane County forest health

Forests cover 90% of Lane County and have long been considered a major jewel in the crown of the county’s natural resources. Lane County’s family woodland owners play a vital role in forest management, providing substantial ...

4-H FOCUS fosters outdoor education and recreation for Benton County students

Studies show that American youth today are more connected to screens than to the outdoors. Parents of children 8 to 12 years old report their children spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each week ...

Lane County youth learn about farm-to-table in 4-H gardening program

Most Americans, including teachers, are generations removed from the farm. This disconnect often leaves a gap in people’s understanding of how food moves from farm to table.  Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H program ...

Lane County 4-H community club volunteers band together for mutual support and learning

When 4-H volunteers in Lane County struggled to meet a surge of memberships, Oregon State Extension 4-H staff developed an innovative solution. After Lane County 4-H grew in 2017, the 10 community club leaders felt overwhelmed ...

Wildfire danger in northeast Oregon ignites action to Improve forest health

Forests in northeast Oregon have grown dense with shade-tolerant tree varieties, increasing fuel loads and serving as routes for ground fires to reach the tops of larger trees. The lack of frequent, low-intensity fires leaves ...