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DASNR Quick Facts

DASNR Quick Facts

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The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) is dedicated to making available science-based information to improve the quality of life for the people of Oklahoma. The division includes the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system (OAES).

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  • CASNR serves 2,377 undergraduate and 509 graduate students who are pursuing excellence in a wide variety of programs. In 2012-2013, the College granted 478 undergraduate and 170 graduate degrees.
  • CASNR consists of nine academic departments offering 16 degree programs with over 50 study options at the bachelor’s level, and 16 master’s and 13 doctoral degrees are offered in partnership with the Graduate College. Educational opportunities also exist within CASNR to provide international exposure through study abroad experiences.
  • CASNR provides more than $1 million annually in scholarships and awards to deserving students, helping to ease the significant financial challenge that is the cost of a college education.
  • The division has a total budget of approximately $132 million and more than 1,000 FTEs, including 195 tenure-track faculty, 16 nontenure-track faculty and 223 Cooperative Extension professionals.
  • Faculty members include 50 endowed chairs/professorships, 22 Regents Professors and 16 Emeriti Regents Professors. Division faculty have wonthree Eminent Faculty Awards and 10 Regents Distinguished Research Awards (2003-2011).
  • OCES offices in all 77 counties enhance OSU's commitment to Oklahoma communities, where county-based Extension educators work side-by-side with residents to address local issues and concerns.
  • OCES county educators and area, district and state specialists developscience-based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Programs focus on: increasing opportunities for agricultural enterprises; natural resources and environmental management; food, nutrition, health and safety education; and youth, family and community development.
  • The statewide OAES system conducts fundamental and applied research to develop new knowledge that will lead to technology improvements that address the needs of the people of Oklahoma. Research efforts focus on agriculture, natural resources, food, rural economics and social issues.
  • DASNR researchers have developed and improved groundbreaking precision agriculture technology that has saved producers millions of dollars, not just in Oklahoma but worldwide.
  • More than 300 superior plant varieties have been developed and released through the OAES system.
  • Oklahoma is the nation's fourth largest wheat-producing state. DASNR scientists produced the top two varieties that dominated 2012 wheat production in the state.
  • The Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) discovers, develops and delivers technical and business information that will stimulate and support the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma. The FAPC offers large and small businesses, producers and entrepreneurs of Oklahoma, as well as other states, access to faculty and staff with expertise in business and technical disciplines.
  • The Institute for Agricultural Biosciences in Ardmore enables scientists and educators with DASNR to more effectively assist producers through the development of new or improved crops and crop production systems that, in turn, enhance livestock production; develop new, viable alternatives for rural economies with an emphasis on economic development and technology transfer; and advance Oklahoma’s research capacity in the fields of plant science, agricultural research and biomass development.
  • OAES is home to the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB). The institute provides key training services for the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, and local and state law enforcement.
  • The division's Biobased Products and Energy Center is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team committed to conducting basic and applied research necessary to making renewable energy crops a practical enhancement of the nation’s energy portfolio, thereby increasing accessibility and affordability while reducing net greenhouse emissions and making the United States less dependent on foreign oil.
  • DASNR has more investment in water research, education and public service than any other entity in the state, with the Oklahoma Water Resources Center providing “one-stop shopping” for communities and public and private agencies wishing to engage division expertise in maintaining and enhancing sustainable water quality and supply.
  • Oklahoma State University is the South-Central Regional Center for the national Sun Grant Initiative, established to create new solutions for America's energy needs and revitalize rural communities.
  • The division produces two weekly half-hour television shows to provide timely research-based information for Oklahomans. SUNUP and Oklahoma Gardening programs air on Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) stations.
  • The division is committed to enhancing Oklahoma Agriculture.

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