The Foundation receives contributions from citizens interested in the Foundation’s programs. Contributions are restricted in use to the specific program to which you donate.  A 5% administrative fee is charged on gifts over $100 that originate outside of the state of Oregon. These fees are used to support special projects that benefit Oregon State University researchers and to pay for Foundation operations, if needed. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Gifts and charitable bequests to the Foundation are deductible and can help accrue tax benefits.

If you are interested in contributing to any of our programs, you can donate directly from this website by using the "Donate" buttons below for the listed projects. If you would like to make an online contribution but your program of interest is not listed, make your contribution to the Agricultural Research Foundation general account - the first donation button.  On the second page in the donation process there is a link titled "Add special instructions to the seller."  In the memo box associated with this link, tell us the program to which you would like to donate.  Thanks for your support!

Agricultural Research Foundation

Or, donate to a specific project or program described below.  


Andreasen Memorial Award

Dr. Eric Andreasen had a resolute desire to conduct exceptionally sound scientific research that would have lasting societal impacts. He was instrumental in establishing zebrafish as a preeminent animal model for developmental toxicology research and made a number of other major contributions to developmental toxicology as well as to the fields of toxicogenomics, tissue regeneration, and aryl hydrocarbon receptor biology. He unfailingly offered to support and mentor others, and always made people feel welcomed and part of the research group family.

His commitment to others led to the career development of countless scientists. As a way of honoring the life and scientific accomplishments of Dr. Andreasen, an annual award was created in his name. The Andreasen Award recognizes an outstanding graduate student that best exemplifies the qualities of scientific excellence and leadership exhibited by Dr. Andreasen. The recipient of the Dr. Eric A. Andreasen Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research and scholarship will receive support to present their research at a national or international scientific meeting in their area of expertise. Graduate student nominations will be accepted from faculty at Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin‐Madison.


Barley Research


Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship

BUFA is a season-long training for new and aspiring farmers conducted in and around Portland, Oregon by OSU Extension Service and community partners.  BUFA trains urban and small-scale farmers and community land stewards in vegetable and fruit production and farm business management.


Cherre Da Silva Conference Support 

Donate to support the development of sustainable food supply at the 9th International IPM Symposium to be held in Baltimore, Maryland during March 19-22, 2018.

Our laboratory is organizing a symposium at the above meeting titled “Drosophila suzukii management: What have researchers from Asia, Europe, and Americas been spotting?”

Your donation will help support a pool of diverse international researchers to share their knowledge of D. suzukii at this meeting.

Donations go to the OSU Agricultural Research Foundation and will be used to support scientist travel expenses to this important meeting. Become a supporter and contribute to sustainable agriculture! Our laboratory has several focus areas including: 

  • An increased awareness of integrated pest management.
  • Development of sustainable tools to control agricultural pests
  • Decreased dependence on conventional control methods in the food supply.
  • Inform growers, industry, academia and students of new and diverse perspectives in pest management


The Culinary Breeding Network

The Culinary Breeding Network (CBN) is an initiative led by Lane Selman, Oregon State University agricultural researcher. The CBN is comprised of plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers and other stakeholders engaged in developing and identifying varieties and traits of culinary excellence for vegetables and grains. The mission is to bridge the gap between breeders and eaters to improve agricultural and culinary quality in vegetables and grains. The goals are to:

  • Increase communication and collaboration between plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers, food journalists and other leaders in the food community in order to develop more relevant and desirable cultivars.
  • Identify cultivars of superior performance, flavor, texture, culinary attributes and overall quality.
  • Promote and expand awareness of cultivars created by public and independent plant breeders using traditional plant breeding processes for organic systems.
  • Provide greater access to organic seed and open-pollinated cultivars.



Dry Farming Project Campaign

With your help, we will sustain and expand our work on the Dry Farming Project. Since 2013, with some support from grants (USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and Western SARE) we have done case studies, demonstrations, field days, education and outreach events, and now participatory research with growers all over the maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond in the Dry Farming Collaborative (DFC).

The OSU Extension Small Farms Program support for the Dry Farming Project could look multiple ways in the future depending on the resources available:

1. Facilitate networking and communication via the DFC Facebook Group and email list for growers to network and meet once a year - support needed $500/annually.
2. Host a dry farming trial at an OSU site and coordinate at least three field days annually at DFC trial sites - estimated support needed $5000 annually.
3. Source, subsidize, and distribute plant material for participatory research trials with the  DFC. Time and materials for this will increase as the network grows.  For 2017, we have 30 dry farm trial hosts and estimate the cost for support at this level to be $7500 annually.
4. Coordinate and offer support for DFC research trials. Develop educational materials (extension publications, videos, resource hub on OSU Small Farms website) to help growers new to the project understand the basics of dry farming - estimated support needed $10,000 annually.
5. Develop tools and resources for participatory climate adaptation research to help inspire other projects in the Pacific Northwest and beyond - estimated $15,000 annually.

Help shape and sustain the Dry Farming Project in co-creating the future of how we manage water on our farms and building a more resilient food system for future generations!


Food Innovation Education & Sustainability Fund 

The Food Innovation Center is an Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station located in Portland Oregon. We provide technical, creative and educational services to the Northwest food industry, entrepreneurs and communities, with a focus on quality, safety and sustainability. The Food Innovation & Sustainability Fund is intended to: 1) educate and train the next generation of food scientists, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds; 2) modernize our equipment and facilities to better serve Northwest businesses and communities and reduce waste; and 3) to advance the sustainability and safety of food across the Northwest.





Friends of the National Clonal Germplasm Repository

Support our attempt to preserves invaluable diverse living plant collections for all people for all time. Learn more about the National Clonal Germplasm Repository>



Garden Ecology Lab 

We study gardens: the plants, insects, animals, people, decisions and management practices that either improve or degrade a garden’s ability to promote environmental and human health.

An underlying premise of our work is that gardens are important and understudied systems, that are key to building more sustainable, healthy and just communities.   

The Honey Bee Lab

The Honey Bee Research and Extension program at Oregon State University focuses on honey bee health, nutrition, and pollination with a goal of servicing commercial beekeepers, backyard beekeepers, producers, and all citizens that are interested in bees.

Honey bees are currently faced with numerous maladies, such as pests, diseases, viruses, poor nutrition, and chemicals, just to name a few. Healthy and properly nourished honey bees may be better equipped to deflect the destructive effects of these maladies. By monitoring colonies during crop pollination, studying the honey bee diet, investigating honey bee diseases, and conducting other experiments, we hope to contribute to the body of knowledge necessary for maintaining healthy honey bee colonies.

Ongoing research and extension projects:

  • Comprehensive analysis of honey bee health in Oregon by statewide sampling and monitoring of honey bee colonies for honey bee pests and diseases.
  • Investigating colony-level prevalence and intensity of the gut parasite, Nosema ceranae, and examining the role of optimal nutrition in concurrence with N. ceranae.
  • Evaluating effects of nutrition (pollen diversity) on honey bee health, physiology, and immunocompetence.
  • Enhancing pollination efficiency of honey bee colonies in hard-to-pollinate crops using brood pheromone technology.
  • Oregon Master Beekeeper Program: the goal of this extension program is to improve honey bee colony health throughout Oregon via education and service.

Learn more about the Honey Bee Lab >


The Horticulture Club

The Oregon State University Horticulture Club is administered under the auspices of the Department of Horticulture, with an advisor appointed by the Department head. Student Club officers direct the activities of the club which range from Christmas and Mom’s Weekend plant sales to representing the department at the yearly held Portland Spring Home & Garden Show. In addition the club is involved in a range of activities designed to create a campus environment conducive to fostering a better understanding of the value of the exterior landscape between the OSU community and plants. The club also engages in activities that sharpen their acumen in areas such as plant installation, equipment operation and hardscaping. These efforts culminate in the National Association of Landscape Professionals annual National Collegiate Landscape competition. Much of the club's fund raising efforts are geared towards sending a team of students to this event.


Human Animal Interaction

What does your dog learn from watching you? Why are some cats more bonded to humans than others? Does early socialization of livestock improve human-animal interactions and reduce stress? Our lab is working to find out! In the OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab we study animal behavior and cognition, including the relationships and bonds that form between humans and other species- including dogs, wolves, cats, horses, sheep, and zoo animals. We also study evolutionary and lifetime factors that influence the cognition, welfare, and social behavior of domesticated and captive animals living in different environments, as well as those employed in different working roles- including animal-assisted therapy. Your support allows us to understand and improve human-animal interactions and to train the next generation of students who will continue to advance our relationship with livestock, working, and companion animals for years to come. Thank You for your contributions!

 Learn more about the OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab >


John & Judy Hays Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate Research


The Marine Team

The Marine Team is an interdepartmental collaborative of OSU scientists committed to training students in marine and estuarine field studies in the Pacific Northwest. Being based at Newport's Hatfield Marine Science Center, we  operate independent monitoring and research projects to engage student learning and provide hands-on experiences. Additionally, the Marine Team provides critical support to the community of graduates, undergraduates, agency staff and OSU faculty requiring assistance with ongoing research projects. Currently, we are in need of funds to continue independent student research trawl and seine surveys in Yaquina Bay, and maintain the 21' whaler we use in our operations. Please consider keeping this group afloat for another decade of student marine research and training!


The Metro Area Master Gardener Program

As a public service of OSU Extension Service, the Master Gardener™ Program provides relevant, research-based education and outreach to the public of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties about horticulture and household pests. This information promotes sustainable practices that minimize risks to human health and the environment.  Funds for this project will support a fellowship program for low-income participants.


Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture – The Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture is a 6.6 acre site administered by the Oregon State University Department of Horticulture. The focus of OCCUH is to foster a better understanding of the natural world as in impinges upon the constructed urban landscape. To that end we are continually pursuing rehabilitation efforts for the reach of our name sake Oak creek that passes through our property. The site is used to teach several class: HORT 260. ORGANIC FARMING AND GARDENING, HORT 315. SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES: MAINTENANCE, CONSERVATION, RESTORATION, and HORT 358. SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES. For many students this is their first exposure to putting a plant in the ground, harvesting a vegetable, pruning a tree, mowing grass or simply beginning to understand the complexity of maintaining the landscaped urban environment. Additionally several principal investigators (PI) are conducting research ranging from dryland farming to insect development. OCCUH is strategically located on the SW corner of campus proper and is easily reached by students and faculty alike.


The Oregon Flora Project

Support our comprehensive resource for the vascular plants of Oregon that grow without cultivation. Learn more about the Oregon Flora Project >


The OSU IPM Website

The purpose of this website project is to reduce the health, environmental, and economic impacts of pesticides and pests through increased adoption of effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in Western Oregon. Research-based content for managing pests of landscapes, homes, and buildings will be gathered, consolidated, developed, made highly accessible, and housed on an Oregon State University website.  Funds for this project will support the development and implementation of this important resource.



Oregon Master Beekeeper Program

The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region. There are three certification levels: Apprentice, Journey and Master.

At all levels the primary objectives of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program are to:
Increase beekeepers’ knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
Increase public awareness of honey bees and beekeeping

One of the program’s goals is to make participation available to all those who want to learn stewardship of our honey bees and give back via service to the public and other beekeepers. Scholarships help meet the goal of participation for all. Your tax-deductible donation helps make this possible.


Oregon State FST: Taste of Research day

We in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University pride ourselves on the collaborative network that help us develop excellent research. Without help from food and biotechnical industries, our projects would not be realized. Whether you present us with the questions that fuel our research or supply us with the tools needed to perform it, we understand the importance of establishing how our projects return the favor.  We wish to hold a day demonstrating the impact that our research has on the food and beverage industry and show how each party involved depends on one another. There will be presentations by graduate students in the department on their current research as well as talks from keynote speakers in the industry. Industry members are encouraged to attend and discuss the impact that current research has on their industry practices. We are hoping to make this event one to remember and are asking for any donations to support our cause. All providers will be acknowledged in differing ways based on the amount given (banners, pamphlets, etc.). The meeting will be held at the Philomath Scout Lodge on June 19, 2017.  Thank you for being supportive stakeholders in our studies.


Pollinator Health Program

The Pollinator Health Research and Extension program, run by Andony Melathopoulos in the Department of Horticulture, focuses on designing, developing, implanting and evaluating a state-wide pollinator health program. The focus of the program is not restricted to the Oregon’s four managed pollinator species (honey bees, alfalfa leafcutter bees, orchard mason bees and alkali bees) but also to the state’s rich endowment of wild species. The program is currently working on: 1. improving training and education material for pesticide applicators to increase their knowledge of activities that increase exposure risk to pollinators, 2. developing training and education material for landscapers who are looking to incorporate pollinator habitat into their designs, 3. research to better understand how pollinators use habitat fragments and how this influences their exposure to pesticides.


Port Orford Field Station Development Fund

The Port Orford Field Station is an OSU research and education facility located on the beautiful southern coast of Oregon. Its mission is “To provide science and education programs that support OSU’s existing and emerging research and engagement efforts on the Southern Oregon Coast, as well as the community’s stewardship efforts and interest in addressing ecologically significant research questions.” The OSU Station Manager operates the station under the guidance of a Steering Group comprised of department heads from the Research Office, Oregon Sea Grant, Fisheries and Wildlife, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Coastal Oregon Experiment Station (COMES). The Port Orford Field Station Development Fund provides practical support for students, researchers, and educators working in support of the station's mission by providing funding to cover facility user fees, equipment and boat time costs, and student stipends. Research and education efforts are supported by the station's labs, classrooms, offices, housing, and SCUBA tank air fill station. Local research efforts include tracking the movements of adult fish at the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, the dispersal of larval fish, settlement of juvenile fish, intertidal and subtidal biological monitoring, gray whale foraging behavior, an educational seminar series, and K-12 educational programs to report research findings to the community. Your donation to the fund will help support student research and community education, as well as developing projects such as sea vegetable mariculture to grow the dulse variety developed by OSU, a gooseneck barnacle collaborative research project, and other important work supported by the OSU Port Orford Field Station.


An ‘IPM’ Program for Oregon’s Schools and Other Sensitive Sites

The OSU School IPM Program works to improve pest management in schools and other sensitive sites while reducing costs and risks. The Program provides objective, research-based information and assistance to prevent and manage pests of public health concern in places where people live, work and play. Learn more about the OSU School IPM Program >


State of the Coast

State of the Coast is the only coastal conference in Oregon that brings together Oregonians interested in the coast to network, interact, and engage in current and future issues and opportunities facing Oregon’s marine environment. Each year, State of the Coast moves to a different Oregon coastal community where it attracts approximately 200 attendees who receive relevant and timely scientific information delivered through a variety of learning and networking opportunities. At the conference, students present their work to a mixed audience, and they can also attend a professional development opportunity where they make connections with a broad range of experts and present to their peers. The conference is planned by Oregon Sea Grant with the guidance from a Planning Committee of diverse partners. Thank you for your contributions!


Wine and Health Research

Wine and Health research is led by Dr. Neil Shay in the department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Shay and his colleagues are investigating the effect of grape and wine phytonutrients and their effect on the physiology and metabolism of the human body. This research area is recognized world-wide as presentations in this area from Shay and his research colleagues have been made at both national and international conferences, as well as in peer-reviewed publications highlighting advances in food ingredients, nutrition, and human physiology. This research program provides critical support to the OSU graduate and undergraduate students as well. Currently, we are in need of funds to continue proposed studies for 2016 and beyond. Please consider making a donation to ensure the successful completion of our future work!


Russ Karow
Executive Director
Agricultural Research Foundation
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 320
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone (541)737-4066