Research & Extension
The Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) was organized July 1, 1888 and housed at Oregon Agricultural College in Corvallis (now Oregon State University).
AES now consists of campus-based facilities as well as 10 farm research and Extension branches in all the major climatic and cropping regions of the state. Also, AES includes 3 non-farm research centers, too, including the Food Innovation Center in Portland, the Seafood Lab in Astoria, and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. More than 400 scientists conduct AES-sponsored research in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Home Economics and Education, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine at OSU.
AES conducts research and provides demonstrations in the agricultural, biological, social, and environmental sciences that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social health of Oregonians. It works with citizens to:
- ensure stable, productive agriculture through wise use of natural resources;
- protect crops and domestic animals from insects, diseases, and other hazards;
- improve efficiency of agricultural production;
- develop new agricultural products and processes, protect consumers, and enhance quality of Oregon's food products;
- promote community development, both urban and rural;
- protect and improve the environment and quality of living;
- assist developing countries to promote trade and alleviate world hunger.
The OSU Extension Service is the primary outreach and extended education arm of Oregon State University. Extension agents are located in all of Oregon's 36 counties, on campus, and in Research and Extension Centers across the state.