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What we do

Extension faculty, staff, and trained volunteers work alongside local partners to provide educational workshops, activities, and services tailored to the unique industries, natural resources, and people in our communities.

Oregon State University's land grant mission drives us to conduct research and share research-based education to improve economic vitality and promote personal and environmental health.

Highlights

Activities for Youth

4-H empowers young people with hands-on learning experiences to help them grow and thrive. By creating a safe and welcoming environment, young people develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on the world around them.

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Food Preservation and Safety

With many hours of volunteer assistance, the OSU Extension Service has provided research-based information about safe food handling to thousands of Oregonians for 25 years. This has averted foodborne illness (and medical bills) and prevented the expense of food waste.

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Forestry and Natural Resources

Our agents and specialists share knowledge about the latest techniques in natural resource management through educational programs and materials. We work with forest owners, foresters and other natural resource managers, educators (PreK-12), Christmas tree growers, loggers and forest workers, and others.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Fruit Tree Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the appropriate use of all available methods to maintain pest populations below damaging levels. The goal of our research is to develop ecologically sound pest management strategies and tactics and, in conjunction with the Extension Service, to introduce and demonstrate these management tools and techniques to growers and field managers.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Home Garden and Landscape

The faltering economy combined with interest in healthy food choices has led to an increase of interest in home gardening. Oregon State University Extension Service can help you. Our Master Gardeners teach affordable classes and help identify problems and solutions at the Plant Clinic.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Land Stewards

Dedicated to helping land owners achieve a viable and sustainable vision for their land. Land Steward graduates and mentors have been expanding stewardship practices in Oregon since 2008.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Livestock and Forages

This program emphasizes economically and environmentally efficient production of livestock and forages in Western Oregon. We apply livestock and forage research and develop educational programs to meet the program needs of producers, land managers, and government agencies.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Nutrition and Healthy Living

Oregon State University Extension's Family & Community Development Field Faculty work collaboratively with community organizations and Extension volunteers to develop programs around food safety and preservation, physical activity, nutrition, and other health topics.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Small Farms

The goal of the Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques. The program works toward improving small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry & forage production. Specialty, organic, pasture-raised and niche crop production is emphasized.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Wine Grape Production

We provide educational programs, workshops, newsletters and one-on-one grower contact that provides research-based information and training on vineyard development, pest management, and economics.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Programs offered

  • Better Bones and Balance®: Classes and exercises designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence.
  • Citizen Fire Academy: The Citizen Fire Academy program equips participants with the knowledge they need to improve fire preparedness and resiliency on their own properties and in their communities.
  • Family and Community Educators: Each year OSU Extension Family and Community Health faculty develop lessons for Oregon Association for Family and Community Education groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model.
  • Home Food Safety and Preservation Program: Food safety and preservation resources and classes, provided through the Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health, ensures Oregonians have access to the most reliable information available. It is critical that those who prepare food and practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to research-based information on safe food handling. Many of the county offices offer food preservation programs and workshops, including our Master Food Preserver program.
  • Jackson County 4-H: 4-H empowers young people with hands-on learning experiences to help them grow and thrive. By creating a safe and welcoming environment, young people develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on the world around them.
  • Jackson County Master Gardeners: A program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated group of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.
  • Land Steward Program: The Land Steward Program helps owners learn how to better utilize and take care of their land. The multi-disciplinary program covers a broad range of management topics including wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, encouraging (and controlling) wildlife, stream ecology, pasture management, soil health, rural acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on...
  • Master Woodland Manager: The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) training is offered by Oregon State University Forestry Extension as a master's level course for landowners who are interested in an intensive forest management training and sharing the knowledge gained through this training with people in their local communities. Graduates of the program have been serving Oregon for 20 years.
  • Oregon Forest Pest Detector: Oregon Forest Pest Detectors (OFPDs) are volunteers that help prevent the damaging impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring for and reporting potential infestations. They usually already have some baseline knowledge of tree/insect identification and are likely to encounter an infestation as part of their work. OFPDs are very important in early detection and rapid response of control efforts.
  • Oregon Master Naturalist: The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is for people interested in Oregon’s natural history and natural resources management who want to dedicate their time as volunteers. The Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information: the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, and geology, the history and processes of ...