Making the Future Better through Teaching, Service & Research!
In one year, Harney County Extension connects with an average of 20,000 people through workshops, seminars, committee meetings, volunteer programs, field days, newsletters, and individual consultations.
Educational programs/resources are offered in the areas of:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- 4-H/Youth Development
- Family and Community Health
OSU Extension is a partnership of USDA at the federal level, OSU at the state level, and Harney County.
Quick Facts about Harney County:
- Population (2019) 7,393
- Established: 1889
- Established Extension Office March 4, 1914
- Elevation at Burns is 4,147'
- County covers 10,133 square miles, Harney County is the largest and most sparsely populated county in the state of Oregon
- Approximately 75% of the county is federal land and contains the Burns Paiute Indian Reservation
- County Seat: Burns
- Communities of Harney County include: Andrews, Buchanan, Crane, Denio, Diamond, Dreswey, Fields, Frenchglen, Hines, Lawen, Princeton, Riley, Wagontire
- Population per square mile, 0.7 person per square mile
- Average Max Temperature: 87o
- Average Min Temperature: 44o
- Annual Precipitation: 10.6" rainfall and 21.7" snow
- Economy: Agriculture, livestock raising, forestry and recreation/tourism services constitute most of Harney County's economy
- Prominent Natural and Community Features that serve as point of interest: Steens Mountains, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Alvord Hot Springs