OSU Extension Service
Oregon State University Extension connects Oregonians to research-based knowledge through on-the-ground expertise and education. In addition to faculty and specialists stationed in every county of the state, Extension oversees a corps of 14,000 trained volunteers, the equivalent of 800 full-time employees in service to Oregon.
We’re solving real problems for real people where they live and work
Statewide public service programs are the engines rebuilding Oregon’s economy. Knowledge grows from the ground up, from Extension to research and back again. OSU Extension translates and adapts research for practical local uses to support agriculture, forest and natural resources management, health, nutrition, family and 4-H youth programs, and community development.
Here’s how it works: OSU Extension faculty work with business people, growers, foresters, individuals, and community leaders. They see first-hand what’s needed in Oregon’s business sectors and communities. Extension experts consult with scientists in the Agricultural Experiment Station and Forest Research Laboratory, where they focus research on critical issues and timely results. Knowledge developed from that research is brought back to the community through Extension’s outreach and engagement.