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Welcome to Benton-Franklin County Extension

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.

County Programs

Learn From The Experts

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

News & Events

Healthy Food - Take Care of You with bowl of nutritious food

Start your new year with new beginnings

A healthy eating routine is important at every stage of life. It can have positive effects that add up over time. It’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients. Learn more about creating a healthier you this year.
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Your donation will make a difference in our community

Consider supporting our important Master Gardener programs. Our Master Gardener Foundation is a Washington State 501(c)(3) charity organization that has earned the Candid Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more about the important programs your donation will support.
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Counting down the days until Spring?

Cold winter weather is the perfect time to brush up on your gardening knowledge so you are ready to hit the ground running when Spring finally arrives. Take a look at our extensive list of fact sheets. Whether you are brand new to gardening or a seasoned gardener, there's always something new to learn.


We have Regional Extension Specialists and staff in three locations throughout Benton and Franklin counties.

Benton County

(Gardening, Food Preservation, Animal Science)

7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-3551
Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 4:00pm

Benton County
(Commerical Tree Fruit, Grapes and Small Fruit)

620 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350-1320
(509) 786-5609
Tuesday – Thursday | 8:30am – 4:30pm

Franklin County

(4-H, Family, Forage and Commercial Vegetables)

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