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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

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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Steer of Merit Program

Market Steer Exhibitors, 4-H Leaders, FFA Advisors and Cattle Producers:

Join us for the 2019 Steer of Merit Program on Monday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the WSU Benton County Extension office in the Benton Franklin Health District building, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick, WA.


Exhibitors at the Benton Franklin Fair and the Columbia Basin Jr. Livestock Show with a market steer that qualified for “Steer of Merit” will receive cash awards sponsored by the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.


Exhibitors must be present to receive the cash awards.


Printable memo:  Steer of Merit Program Flyer 2019

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation need to contact: Don Llewellyn 7102 WW. Okanogan Pl., Ste 102, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 735-3551 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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. 

Register at


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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.

WA Small Fruit Conference – Prosser live broadcast

December 4-6, 2019

Register Now


Washington Small Fruit Conference is a 3-day conference with the latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research.  This year’s agenda features a strong mixture of topics including horticulture, breeding, pests, and food safety.  This conference is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show, a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community.  Remote viewing locations are available for the first two days of the conference in Prosser and Vancouver.

Main Location:  LYNDEN
Three days — December 4-6, 2019
Various ticket options

Washington Tractor Building, NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street

Live Remote Broadcast Locations
Two days — December 4-5, 2019
$50.00 (lunches included)

  • PROSSER – The Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Avenue
  • VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver

For full agenda, speaker profiles and to register, please visit 2019 WA Small Fruit Conference website 

For additional questions contact Stacey Beier by email or phone 360-354-1337.


Presented in collaboration by:

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodations need to contact Chris Benedict by November 13th, 2019 at 1000 North Forest Street, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-778-5809,


?Las personas con discapacidades que requieran medios alternativos de comunicación o información del programa o adaptaciones razonables deben comunicarse con Chris Benedict antes del 13 de noviembre de 2019 en 1000 Norte Forest Street, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-778-5809,

WASFC does not provide invitation letters for international registrations

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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