The Oregon State University Extension Service sponsored economic conferences in all Oregon counties beginning in the 1920s; the conferences were held every decade until the early 1970s and issued recommendations regarding agriculture, land use, and economic development for the individual Oregon counties.
The Oregon Counties Long-Range Planning Conference Reports document the economic conferences sponsored by the Extension Service in Oregon counties beginning in the 1920s. The reports include statistics on population, land use, farm incomes, and market value of agricultural products for the county at the time of the conference and recommendations regarding agriculture, land use, and economic development for the county. The reports include information about agricultural history of the county; railroads and highways; soils, irrigation, and water resources; livestock, poultry, and dairy; farm crops; horticultural products; farm home and rural life; 4-H and youth programs; and forests and timber production. Later reports include information pertaining to recreation; minerals and mining; cultural and religous life, and health and medical services.
Reports of conferences in the following counties are part of the collection, with date ranges for reports in parentheses: Baker (1927-1970), Benton (1925-1957), Clackamas (1925-1969), Clatsop (1936-1968), Columbia (1925-1970), Coos (1925-1968), Crook (1925-1970), Curry (1936-1970), Deschutes (1924-1968), Douglas (1925-1968), Gilliam (1938-1970), Grant (1936-1970), Harney (1938-1969), Hood River (1924-1968), Jackson (1924-1968), Jefferson (1941-1956), Josephine (1924-1969), Klamath (1927-1968), Lake (1936-1967), Lane (1924-1969), Lincoln (1936-1969), Linn (1936-1969), Malheur (1924-1956), Marion (1936-1956), Morrow (1938-1971), Multnomah (1925-1956), Polk (1924-1968), Sherman (1926-1967), Tillamook (1936-1968), Umatilla (1926-1958), Union (1924-1968), Wallowa (1927-1958), Wasco (1924-1967), Washington (1925-1968), Wheeler (1958-1968), and Yamhill (1927-1968).
Several of the county reports were published as supplements to the local newspaper. The 1936 Grant County report was published as part of the John Day Valley Ranger. Several Klamath County reports were issued as supplements to The News-Herald (1936 and 1938) and Herald and News (1958) of Klamath Falls. The 1968 Klamath County report was issued both as a separate publication and as a supplement to the Herald and News. Both versions are part of this collection.
The collection also includes two statewide reports: Report of Oregon Agricultural Economic Conference held at Oregon Agricultural College in 1924 and Dynamic Factors Affecting Agricultural Economy, the proceedings of the Marketing and Distribution Conference held at Oregon State College in 1946. These are available in paper form and online.
The published reports are available online. Most of the reports are available both in paper form and on microfilm. Some of the reports are only available on microfilm; the microfilm also includes some unpublished reports, conference minutes, and brochures as well as other publications about the county that were not generated by the economic conferences.
Oregon Counties Long-Range Planning Conference Reports (PUB 006-16), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.