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Welcome to Benton-Franklin County Extension

Extending Knowledge. Changing Lives.

Washington State University Extension of Benton and Franklin Counties connects area residents to the research and knowledge bases of the state’s land grant research university, providing solutions to local problems and stimulating local economies. Our county-based educators work with partners in your communities 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 Benton and Franklin Counties.

Upcoming Events

Summer Canning Classes with Master Food Preservers
Come learn how to can seasonal recipes through the Farmer’s Market season with the WSU Master Food Preservers and take your jar of goodies home with you!

Only $10 per person per class. Spots are limited for each class!

See for full list of class dates and recipes.

To register, email or call 509-430-1438 and let us know what class you wish to attend.

For any little ones under the age of 12, please reach out and let us know their age ahead of time. Any kiddos that would like to attend will need a parent or guardian to oversee.

2019 Youth Leadership Conference
Ag: It’s more than sows, cows and plows.
From exploring careers and opportunities in agriculture, to networking with youth and industry leaders, the day will be fun-filled and packed with opportunity and excitement. The Pacific Northwest is loaded with opportunity in agriculture and it’s waiting for you to put your fingers on it – one leader at a time.

The First Annual Youth Leadership Conference will be held at the Extension office in Kennewick, WA, with tours to follow in the afternoon. All participants will get lunch and a t-shirt, if registered by October 1. Late registrations will only get lunch, no t-shirt. Parents may need to assist with transportation, 509 board members and volunteers will be assisting as well.

$15 / Current 509 member
$40 / non-509 member
$20/ parent

Ages: 5th – 12th grade ONLY.

Pay via PayPal:
OR you may send a check to: 102 Dunn Rd, Elk, WA 99009 with your participant’s name on it.

Register at:

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)
8:00 Registration
8:30 Motivational Speaker
9:15 Networking Activity / Icebreaker
9:30 Snack Break
9:45 Session 1: Social Media & Agriculture, Telling Your Story
10:30 Session 2: My Agricultural Options for the NEXT Chapter
10:45 Session 3: Industry Panel
11:30 Lunch
12:15 Depart for Tour 1
2:30 Depart for Tour 2
4:00 Return to Extension Office


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Central WA Blueberry Pruning Workshop
This free event will entail a 1.5 hour presentation delivered by Dr. Bernadine Strik (Oregon State University Professor of Horticulture) on the rationale and fundamentals of highbush blueberry pruning in central Washington. The presentation will be followed by a short in-field demon-stration in cooperating grower fields.


Date:  Monday, November 18, 2019
Time:  8:00 am – 11:30 pm

Location:  WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (Large conference room), 24106 N Bunn Rd, Prosser, WA 99350


Registration is required. 

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WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension Office.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Lisa Wasko DeVetter at 360-848-6124 or at least two weeks prior to an event.

Learn From The Experts

Our local programs include agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth, gardening and community horticulture, and food safety and preservation. In addition, Washington State University provides a broad range of consumer publications, online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four research and extension centers and 11 colleges.

WSU Extension's Impacts
WSU Learning Library
Benton County – Kennewick
(Gardening, Horticulture,
Food Preservation, Animal Science)

7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-3551
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8am – 4pm
Benton County – Prosser  
(Commerical Tree Fruit, Grapes and Small Fruit)

1121 Dudley Ave
Prosser, WA 99350-1320
(509) 786-5609
Hours: Monday – Thursday | 9am – 3pm
Franklin County
(4-H, Family, Forage and Commercial Vegetables) 

404 W. Clark
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-3511
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 5:00pm
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