The Polk County Office of the Oregon State University Extension Service provides research-based educational information and programs in Agriculture, Forestry, 4-H/Youth and Family and Community Development for the citizens of Polk County.
County Extension agents are faculty members of the colleges at Oregon State University. OSU Extension programs in Polk County are funded by cooperative agreement of Linn county government, Oregon State University (Extension Service), and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Jim Clawson has been a tremendous supporter of the Polk County Extension Service. He has served two terms as Chair of the PECAN (Polk Extension Citizens Advisory Network) and has been instrumental in the development of the Extension Service Tax District, securing adequate office space, assisting in developing a long range strategic, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the County, Fairgrounds, and the Extension Service. Jim Clawson has been and continues to be a strong influence in the agricultural community in Polk County. His involvement with the Polk County Livestock Association, the Polk County Farm Bureau, and the Soil and Water Convservation district has allowed him to serve as a liaison between these groups and the Oregon State University Extension to develop the programs and focus for educational programs and strategic planning for the agricultural clientele. Jim has made a lasting impact on the long term sustainability of the Polk County Extension Service.