WSU Extension– What We Do

WSU Extension in Yakima County connects the residents of Yakima County to the research and knowledge generated by Washington’s only Land Grant University–Washington State University. WSU Extension strives to provide solutions to local problems and thus stimulate our local economies. Our county-based educators work with producers, research agencies, commodity groups, community leaders and officials as well as community volunteers to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for the residents of Yakima County.

We leverage every dollar we we receive from Yakima County with federal, state, grant and private funding to maximize our reach and effectiveness.  The 2015 funding breakdown for Yakima County programming is as follows:

  • Yakima County funding 19%
  • Grants/contracts 5%
  • WSU support in Yakima county 24%
  • Other WSU support 52%

To donate to WSU Extension programming in Yakima County, please contact Gina Ord, County Director at gina.ord@wsu.edu

Our local programs include tree fruit horticulture & pest management, animal agriculture, range, pasture and riparian zone management, small farms business development, vegetable pest management, 4-H youth development, food safety and nutrition, and Master Gardeners. In addition, Washington State University provides over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.