About Us

OSU Extension Service  faculty, staff, and volunteers offer objective, research-based information to help Benton County youth and adults solve problems, develop life skills and manage resources wisely. This is done through coordinating educational tours, conferences, short courses, workshops and demonstrations.  We provide brochures, publications, and research based information on a variety of subjects both in the office, over the phone and online.  

The History of OSU Extension

Benton County Program Areas:

  • 4H Youth and Development
  • Natural Resource Education
  • Forestry
  • Family and Community Development
  • Community Horticulture
  • Small Farms
  • Groundwater Education
  • Field Crops, Livestock, Dairy, and irrigated crops

Volunteer Opportunties

We have different areas where trained volunteers are acitvely working with our staff and faculty. Please call us for more information and to find out when the next trainings will be held. We look forward to hearing from you. Call 541-766-6750 or 800-365-0201.

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Master Gardeners
  • Master Woodland Managers
  • Master Food Preservers
  • Groundwater Education


Extension is funded by a cooperative partnership between the State of Oregon, the US Department of Agriculture, and Benton County.

  • State and Federal funds provide for Extension positions on campus, at regional experiment stations and in counties, including Benton County.
  • County funds provide our office facilities; program support for more than 450 trained volunteers; travel costs used to provide educational programs in Benton County; and salaries and benefits for our community horticulture, 4-H outreach, and office support staff.
  • User fees and grant funds are obtained for specific projects, services and materials provided to individuals.