CORVALLIS, Ore. – Whether scrambled, fried or baked in a cake, eggs are a mainstay in homes and restaurants, but in recent years, the industry has seen major changes in production practices.

At the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4, James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs.

“The products of the egg industry are found in most home refrigerators and in many processed foods that most of us consume daily,” said Hermes, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. “Even though eggs are common, most consumers know little about how they are produced.”

Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2ndSt. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public. Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited, and advance registration will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the roadside geology of Oregon and the bond between people and dogs are available at

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

College of Agricultural Sciences

About the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences: Through its world-class research on agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, rural economic development and human health, the College provides solutions to Oregon’s most pressing challenges and contributes to a sustainable environment and a prosperous future for Oregonians.

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Nick Houtman, [email protected], 541-737-0783


James Hermes, [email protected], 541-737-2254


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