Cover: Taking part in the ropes course at the 4-H Outreach Summer Camp at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem.
Credit: Amanda Loman
From the Director
When Prineville rancher Dennis Doherty lost a calf to a breech birth, he called his local OSU Extension office to see how others could benefit from a calving class. Extension livestock specialist Scott Duggan was more than happy to help. The resulting training set a record for attendance.
That’s been the story of Extension in Oregon for more than a century.
Time and time again, when there’s been a need for a trusted local partner, a statewide network and an unbiased, science-backed perspective, we’ve answered the call.
As you’ll see in these pages, our work is as richly diverse as Oregon’s communities. We’re helping kids reach their full potential through programs like 4-H. We’re encouraging resilience across the food chain — from pollinator health to farm and ranch productivity. We’re supporting sustainable natural resource management and enhancing health and well-being for every stage of life.
Just as importantly, we do this work with consideration for the needs of historically marginalized communities, knowing that an equity focus uplifts everyone and makes for stronger communities and a stronger Oregon.
We’re doing all of this while being fiscally responsible. Most of the funding we receive is through taxpayers. You have my word that I keep my eye on how we spend your money.
Our work is rooted in the communities we serve, tailored to local needs, connected with your statewide university and focused on creating a more resilient future for all Oregonians.
That’s our commitment. That’s the story of Oregon State University and OSU Extension.
Give us a call. We look forward to working together.
Ivory W. Lyles
Vice Provost, Division of Extension and Engagement Director, OSU Extension Service
(From left) Kristopher Elliott, associate director for OSU Extension Service; Marina Denny, associate vice provost for engagement; Ivory W. Lyles, vice provost, Division of Extension and Engagement, and director, OSU Extension Service
"I first got involved with Juntos in high school, and it paved the way for me to attend my dream college, Oregon State University. Now I get to serve Juntos as a student outreach assistant, supporting as many students as possible. I continue growing within Juntos, bringing new ideas and practices. I hope to serve as an example for other Latino students who want to be the first in their family to attend college.”
— David Gutierrez, former Juntos student,current OSU student and Juntos Outreach Assistant
Eastern Oregon rancher Tom Sharp and OSU Extension rangeland scientist Dustin Johnson survey a sage-grouse habitat near Burns.
Credit: Lynn Ketchum
Serving Oregon, here for you
OSU Extension is a link, connecting Oregon’s people and communities with the university to share knowledge and co-create solutions.
A partnership, with professionals and volunteers collaborating with academic, public and private partners to achieve greater results, build community capacity and obtain funding commitments from local, state and federal governments.
A trusted resource, serving in every Oregon county and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs by delivering credible, research-based knowledge and educational programming.
A legacy. In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, creating land grant universities in every state. By 1914, Congress had created agricultural experiment stations and Extension services at every land grant institution to bring the knowledge and research of higher education to all people.
In the early days, Extension agents fanned out across the state to work with farmers, ranchers and homemakers. They delivered classes from railroad cars and boats that sailed along the Oregon Coast. They hauled trailers outfitted with exhibits on new technology. They were soon stationed in county offices, developing programs to meet local needs. By the 1960s, nearly 20% of all Oregon schoolchildren were enrolled in Extension 4-H clubs.
Over the years, our mission has endured: to help every Oregonian thrive while staying true to our focus on improving lives and livelihoods and helping Oregon’s environments and economies prosper.
We recognize that all Extension work occurs on Indigenous homelands. Under the Morrill Act, the federal government seized nearly 11 million acres of land from 250 sovereign tribal nations — including 90,000 acres in Oregon — with little or no compensation. We have a responsibility to understand the continuing impact of this shared history, to recognize the many contributions of Indigenous people who are part of our Extension community today and to ensure we act in a respectful way that builds allyship now and in the future.
Courtesy of OSU Archives, HC0975_Mack_Jackson.
OSU Extension history highlights
1868 — Corvallis College, now Oregon State University, becomes the state’s official land grant institution
1911 — Board of Regents establishes the Extension Service at Oregon Agricultural College.
1912 — Marion and Wallowa counties hire the first county-funded agricultural Extension agents.
1914 — Extension partners with schools to direct Youth Industrial Clubs, the predecessor of today’s 4-H program.
1918 — Josephine and Umatilla counties hire the first county-funded home demonstrations agents.
1959 — Extension begins a partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
1967 — Extension hires the first agent to serve the coastal fishing industry.
2007 — Extension is placed within what is now the universitywide Division of Extension and Engagement.
2008 — Clackamas County passes the first voter-approved Extension service district.
2012 — Extension Open Campus launches the Juntos program.
2015 — The Oregon Legislature designates OSU Extension as the administrator for the statewide Outdoor School program.
2017 — Extension and Engagement establishes its office of diversity, equity and inclusion.
30.85% State government
23.97% Outdoor School (lottery funded)
19.91% Integrated research and project-specific grants
14.1% County governments
5.02% Federal government
3.47% Philanthropic support
1.89% Program fees
0.8% Oregon State University
26 counties support Extension with voter-approved service districts or levies; others provide county general fund allocations or other local contributions.
Excludes Outdoor School (lottery funded)
$36.8 million FY2023 budget (allocated)
36.8% Agriculture and natural resources
12.21% 4-H youth development
10.27% Forestry and natural resources
9.6% Program support (communications, IT, DEI, HR)
8.62% Administration (leadership, fiscal and regional support)
7.73% Family and Community Health
5.25% Assessments (university central services)
3.35% Vacancies (approved positions not yet filled)
3.29% Open Campus
2.88% Sea Grant
36 OSU Extension offices in every Oregon County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
1,487 Hotline calls answered by Master Food Preserver volunteers between July and October 2021
200 Students and adult job seekers in Umatilla and Morrow counties attending Career Connect Day
33,774 Students spending 700,000 hours outside through Outdoor School in the 2020-21 school year
2 Million+ Visitors using the OSU Extension website each year
13,100 People participating in Oregon Sea Grant informal educational program
Nearly 2,300 Master Gardeners volunteering 84,000+ hours in their communities
365,263 Rangeland acres where vegetation, water and animal management was improved
13,000+ Extension volunteers increasing community capacity
Credit: Oregon State University
4-H Youth Development
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Family and Community Health
Forestry and Natural Resources
Open Campus and Juntos
Oregon Sea Grant
Credit: Courtesy Kevin Leahy
OSU Extension in communities
“I see firsthand the efforts and results of OSU Extension in Clatsop County, including Sea Grant, forestry and regional fire specialists and a dedicated staff serving the local community. It’s an honor to serve as an adviser to Extension, helping to strengthen our economic and ecological future.”
— Kevin Leahy, Extension Community Advisory Network member and executive director, Clatsop Economic Development Resources and Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center
Hearing from the stakeholders and communities we serve is vital to helping OSU Extension fulfill its mission. Members of the statewide Extension Community Advisory Network provide advice and counsel to the vice provost for Extension and Engagement regarding the current and future direction of OSU Extension programs.
Making learning fun at the 4-H Summer Conference held on the OSU campus in Corvallis.
Credit: Amanda Loman
Thriving youth, individuals and families
We promote positive youth development and foster essential skills for life and leadership through 4-H and other programs. We empower youth to learn about the outdoors. We encourage students and families to pursueeducation and advance their careers.
Encouraging best practices for young families
Parenting education specialist Shauna Tominey leads the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative. OPEC supports expanded access to parenting education programs through regional hubs, with a focus on parents from the prenatal stage to age 6.
Providing professional development to educators
Our 4-H Youth Development Program collaborates with the Oregon STEM Hub Network and other partners to provide high-quality science, technology, engineering and math programs statewide. STEM Beyond School provides expertise and resources to out-of-school/after-school educators and community-based organizations statewide.
Expanding access and equity for Outdoor School
Our Outdoor School Program engages with community partners to better serve students who haven’t had access to environmental education programs. Outdoor School has developed resources and self-assessment tools to make Outdoor School more equitable, accessible and culturally responsive.
Experiencing nature with classes and field trips
At the request of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, we created a hands-on course to prepare students for a career in natural resources and related fields. The course includes six field trips and classes in water quality, botany, culturally valued plants, forestry, fire and wildlife.
Ann Harris, OSU Open Campus education coordinator in Hood River and Wasco counties
“Ann has partnered with many of our programs to ensure that youth and families — specifically in Latinx communities — are supported. Our community is lucky to have Ann. Her warm heart, calm demeanor and keen intellect truly benefit us all.”
— Janet Hamada, executive director, The Next Door Inc.
90+% Graduation and college-going rate for Juntos participants in 100 schools, 34 communities and 21 counties
Credit: Courtesy Ann Harris
OSU Extension forestry and natural resources educators lead a workshop on prescribed fire, a land management tool used for many ecological, economic or cultural reasons in different areas in Oregon.
Credit: Carrie Berger
Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
We advance sustainable natural resource management to ensure Oregon’s forests and natural areas continue to provide an array of benefits. Our programs, partnerships and volunteers support woodland owners, communities and industry through research, education and community-engaged science.
Adapting to and preparing for wildfires
Our Fire Program helps create fire-adapted communities and protections for forests, wildlife and other natural resources. The program provides resources and education to help Oregonians prepare for wildland blazes, protect their property, manage smoke and develop landscape-scale solutions.
Responding to threats in a vast ecosystem
Our Sagebrush Habitat Team conducts research and provides education on threats to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem and wildlife that depend on it, including the iconic sage-grouse. The team helps landowners assess threats and supports management decisions to address fire, juniper spread and invasive grasses.
Presenting careers in natural resources to Portland-area youth
Our Inner City Youth Institute in the Portland metro area addresses disparities among people of color and a lack of representation in natural resource research, management and education through visits to outdoor recreational and natural areas. The program draws an average of 60 participants throughout the school year.
Addressing threats to Oregon waterways
Climate change is having a profound impact on Oregon’s estuaries and rivers. Oregon Sea Grant researchers and Extension educators are at the forefront of measuring and responding to these impacts, including education on aquatic invasive species and studying the ecology of native and nonnative fish in the Willamette River Basin.
Glenn Ahrens, Extension forester for Clackamas, Hood River and Marion counties
“Glenn always asks, ‘How can I help?’ Not only does he ask, he always follows through. When he says he’s going to do something he does it. He’s a great benefit to the Extension Service.”
— Dave Bugni, woodland owner, Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association Board member and 2022 Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year
600+ Teachers participating in the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program, who in turn reach nearly 40,000 youth annually
Credit: Amanda Loman
OSU cereal pathologist Christina Hagerty fills the hopper of a research wheat planter used to plant wheat in research plots at the OSU Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center near Pendleton.
Credit: Lynn Ketchum
Sustainable agriculture, food systems and gardening
We bolster Oregon’s $5.5 billion agricultural economy through research and programs that promote productivity on farms and ranches of all sizes. Our Master Gardeners help Oregonians learn to grow their own food while also creating sustainable landscapes. We help strengthen local and regional food systems.
Removing invasive grasses through cattle grazing
In Malheur County, wildfires have devastated 2.5 million acres, allowing invasive annual grasses to move in. Work by Extension faculty and local and regional partners has shown that allowing cattle to graze invasive grasses helps the land recuperate, restore native species and alleviate wildfire damage.
Helping dryland farmers prosper
Our research and education on farming methods help preserve soil organic matter, fertility, moisture and weed resistance while producing tastier, disease-resistant potato, wheat and barley varieties suited to local growing conditions. Wheat and barley yields increased by $3.2 million in one year, and potato yields increased by nearly $20 million annually in the last decade. No-till farming has become standard practice for wheat farmers in the Columbia Basin.
Expanding relief to small-scale and historically marginalized farmers
We help small-scale farmers access insurance and relief funding for drought, heat waves or wildfire losses. Historically marginalized farmers, often people of color overcoming deep-seated discrimination, can find help through the Oregon Community Food Systems Network. We work with veterans who are launching careers in small-scale agriculture.
Sharing the culture of gardening
The Master Gardener Culture of Gardening program supports our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In this storytelling initiative, one participant learned she had West African roots and now grows Lagos spinach in her Oregon garden. Another is reconnecting with her Indigenous Mexican ancestors by raising tomatillos, squash and chiles.
Patty Skinkis, professor and Extension viticulture specialist
“Patty is our link between industry and academia. She embodies the mission of the land grant university and Extension. We are lucky to have her here.”
— Ken Kupperman, vice president, Oregon vineyard operations, Jackson Family Wines
800+ women farmers served by women’s farming networks.
Credit: Lynn Ketchum
A volunteer trainer for the StrongPeople physical activity program leads a strengthening exercise class in Parkdale.
Credit: Ann Marie Murphy
Healthy communities and economies
OSU Extension works to enhance health and well-being for people of all ages through culturally relevant, evidence-
based programs. We support workforce development by building career skills, breaking down barriers to college
access and supporting youth and adult entrepreneurs.
Classroom exercise program gets kids moving
We were instrumental in creating BEPA 2.0 — BE Physically Active 2Day — a classroom-based physical activity program aligned to state and national health and physical education standards. We have trained nearly 1,800 educators on implementing the program and distributed 3,000 BEPA 2.0 toolkits, increasing access to physical activity during school for over 50,000 children in Oregon.
Increasing preparedness for a Cascadia earthquake
It’s been 300 years since the last major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon Coast. Another temblor could arrive at any time, and Extension faculty have created online training modules and publications to help communities prepare for major disruptions to water, power, transportation, sanitation and commerce.
Providing safety and first-aid training to fishermen
Because of injury risks, the U.S. Coast Guard requires commercial fishers to have at least one crew member certified in first aid and CPR. Oregon Sea Grant Extension’s Fishermen First Aid and Safety Training program includes two days of intensive safety training through lectures and hands-on scenario training on vessels.
Creating culturally appropriate recipes and educational materials
Four workgroups — African Heritage, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx and Pasifika (Micronesian and Pacific Islanders) — provide guidance in the development, implementation and evaluation of culturally relevant nutrition and physical activity education and social marketing strategies. Along with recipes recommended and tested by the workgroups, the program includes posters, videos, coloring sheets and handouts available through the Oregon SNAP-Ed Food Hero initiative.
Danita Macy, SNAP-Ed/FCH outreach program coordinator, Urban Native Indigenous Unit
“Danita provides education that centers the knowledge of the community she’s working with while sharing her own perspectives in a way that’s respectful. Her food preservation work has been really powerful.”
— Jennie Brixey, program specialist, Multnomah County Health Department
13,000 People receiving SNAP-Ed direct nutrition education
Credit: Amanda Loman
Displaying mastery of his 4-H project area by showing his swine at the Lake County Fair in Lakeview.
Credit: Alyson Yates
Your support makes a difference
“We put some thought into how we wanted to be remembered. And it just made sense that we provide support for the Linn County program that produced a good person like Bill and that helps other young people develop, grow and find their passions. And you know, 4-H has our heart.”