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Editor's Note

Discover, Learn, Engage
Thoughts from editor Peg Herring

Oregon State University is Oregon’s land-grant university. Discovery (research), learning (education), and engagement (Extension) are the fundamental cornerstones of our land-grant mission.

During the next three years, we will celebrate the historic legislation that launched the land-grant system: the 100th anniversary of OSU Extension (in 2011); the 150th anniversary of the land grant system (in 2012); and the 125th anniversary of Oregon’s Agricultural Experiment Station (in 2013).

In this issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, we begin the celebration with stories that illustrate what the land-grant mission means to Oregon today. Discovery drives OSU researchers as they combat a new and potentially damaging pest. Learning extends far outside the classroom as 4-H faculty help city kids and ranch kids experience each other’s worlds. Engagement helps real people solve real problems, whether managing municipal water or minimizing pesticides in public schools.

The land-grant mission is a partnership between the university and the people, to meet the needs of society. There is nothing else like it in the world.