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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

Jackson County COVID-19 resources

Find current and accurate information about access to food, financial assistance, and health care during the coronavirus crisis.

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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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Agronomy & Commercial Agriculture

Answering questions and providing technical assistance for commercial agriculture in the Rogue Valley

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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.

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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Programs offered

  • Better Bones and Balance®: Better Bones and Balance® is an exercise program designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 is dedicated to helping owners achieve a viable and sustainable vision for their land. Join us to learn more about your land, figure out what you want to do with it, and make a plan to get you there.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Outdoor School: This is an exciting time for Oregon and for Oregon’s 5th and 6th grade students as OSU Extension works in collaboration with schools, partners, and communities to support and grow the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.
  • Southern Oregon Small Farms: The goal of the Southern Oregon Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms in Jackson and Josephine counties by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques.