South Puget Sound farmers constantly innovate with new infrastructure and equipment, new farm-originated inventions, new fertility management tools, new pest management practices and many others. But innovation can be risky and as a result some promising products, equipment and management practices are not tested or adopted. The WSU Thurston County Extension agriculture program encourages innovation by sourcing funding for on-farm trials, trialing promising crops, varieties and products, helping farmers to secure their own funding for on-farm research, creating networking opportunities for farmers to share innovative practices, hosting technical experts (farmers and academics) at workshops and trainings to spread innovative practices, and host farm planning courses for new farmers.
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Online Organic Agriculture Certificate
WSU’s online certificate in organic agriculture, the first in the nation, develops a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including an understanding of complex agriculture and food systems. Students develop knowledge and skills that are applicable to all industries and agencies involved in the food chain – from production, processing, and delivery to policy, regulation, and education.
Thurston County currently does not have an Agricultural Agent. For any organic crop production question, edible or ornamental, please call our office at (360) 867-2177 for a referral.