Extension Service

The Oregon State University Extension Service provides practical, research-based information and engages learners, partners, and volunteers in communities across Oregon to meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

Our 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

Culturally respectful food preservation program builds trust in Warm Springs

Oregon State University Extension Service’s traditional foods preservation program at its office in the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs community has been a highly desired and appreciated program for decades. It has focused on...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

OSU Extension Seed to Supper offers resources for growing food on a budget

Seed to Supper is a free, comprehensive, six-week beginning gardening course that was co-created by the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service. Seed to Supper focuses on serving communities who have ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Exploring biochar as an alternative sudden oak death treatment

Sudden oak death disease has killed thousands of tanoaks on Oregon’s south coast. Since it was detected in Oregon in 2001, the standard practice to help slow the spread of the pathogen that causes the disease has been ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

First aid training helps North-Central Oregon farmers prepare for accidents

Research has shown that the estimated costs for agricultural injuries are a surprisingly high economic burden. Farm owners and farm workers need specialized first aid training to deal with severe traumatic injuries that have the ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Extension partnership focuses on reduction of invasive annual grasses in Wallowa County

Invasive annual grasses were first reported in Wallowa County over 50 years ago. Initially they were found as outliers – a single small and inconspicuous plant. Today, however, these annual invaders are scattered countywide, from...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Older adults in Malheur County build endurance and strength through exercise programs

Malheur County faces a significant health challenge with the highest levels of inactivity in Oregon among older adults. The sedentary lifestyle prevalent among older adults contributes to various health issues, impacting physical ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Extension facilitates donation of vegetable starts from middle school greenhouse to food pantries

Each year La Grande Middle School students grow a wide variety of flowers, herbs and vegetable starts in their school greenhouse. After their annual plant sale fundraiser there are usually several flats of plants that did not ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Living on the Land supports small-acreage landowners in the south Willamette Valley

Living on the Land Stewardship for Small Acreages is a class series that teaches small-acreage landowners and land managers how to improve their management practices with natural resources in mind. The Oregon State University ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

Extension educator serves as La Grande School District health coordinator as part of CDC Healthy Schools grant

Through its Child Nutrition Programs, the Oregon Department of Education selected the La Grande School District as the only school district in Oregon to be funded as part of a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story

VIT TECH provides continuing education resources for northeast Oregon viticulturists

Continuing education provides an opportunity for agricultural producers to learn about advances in research and improved practices and earn pesticide recertification credits. VIT TECH was established by Oregon State University Extension ...

Apr 2024 | Impact Story