Program Contact: Loren Imes, Master Gardener/Food Systems Coordinator
(360) 678-2343 •

WSU Extension Island County provides educational and networking assistance to production agriculturalists and small-acreage landowners involved with food & fiber production, animal husbandry, horticulture, floriculture, and forestry/woodlot management.

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WSU Livestock Advisor Program

Livestock Advisor volunteers are trained by Washington State University to provide small farmers and livestock owners with answers to basic questions about animal husbandry and land stewardship. Livestock Advisors receive 80 hours of specialized livestock instruction and BMPs and give back to their communities by making farm visits, hosting educational events, mentoring and other activities. Livestock Advisors reside in Skagit, Snohomish, Island, Whatcom and San Juan counties but serve the entire region.

When might you call on a Livestock Advisor?

Anytime you have a question on equine, swine, bovine, goat, sheep, chicken, fowl, alpaca, llama, rabbit care; pasture renovation & management; forages; soils; mud management; nutrient (manure) management; fencing; livestock & meats judging and more. Call 360-428-4270 or e-mail your questions to

Joan DeVries, Program Coordinator

Joan DeVries is the Program Coordinator and is located in Skagit County Extension office. She brings a lifetime of farm experience and learning to the Livestock Advisor program. To learn how you can become a Livestock Advisor to your community, visit