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Welcome to Benton-Franklin County Extension

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.

County Programs

Holiday Closures

Benton County offices will be closed:

  • November 22 – 24, 2023
  • December 25 – 29, 2023
  • January 1, 2024

Franklin County office will be closed:

  • November 23 – 24, 2023
  • December 25 – 26, 2023
  • January 1, 2024


News & Events

Celebrate Safely Thanksgiving Tips from the USDA. Cooked turkey displayed on set Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Food Safety

Celebrate safely this holiday season with these Thanksgiving food safety tips from our Food & Nutrition Specialist, Lizann Powers Hammond.
Your Giving Tuesday donation will make a difference in our communities.

Giving Tuesday is November 28th

Consider supporting our important Master Gardener programs this Giving Tuesday. Your donation will make a difference in our community.
Join our Team - Extension Educator for Tree Fruit Pest Management

Join our Team!

Now hiring an Extension Educator for Tree Fruit Pest Management. The Extension Coordinator is responsible for providing oversight and leadership for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Extension and Outreach program, including originating and/or developing formal education programs related to IPM. This position will function as an integral member of the WSU Tree Fruit Extension Team and the Codling Moth Task Force and will work with a network of research and Extension faculty, tree fruit producers, allied industry and industry partners to deliver educational programs, consultations, and resources on IPM. Learn more and apply today. Application deadline is November 26, 2023.
Washington Small Fruit Conference

WA Small Fruit Conference in Prosser November 29-30

Washington Small Fruit Conference is a 2-day conference with the latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research. Remote viewing location is available for both days of the conference in Prosser. Learn more and register
Become a Master Gardener. Application deadline is November 30th.

Become a Master Gardener in 2024!

Now accepting applications for the 2024 Master Gardener program. The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community. You do not need to be an expert gardener to apply, you just need to have a desire to learn and serve your community. Application deadline is November 30, 2023.
Master Gardener video brought to you by our community partner, McCurley Subaru.

Benton Franklin Master Gardeners Earn International Award

Our amazing WSU Master Gardeners of Benton & Franklin Counties earned first place in the David Gibby Search for Excellence Award in Youth Programming for their work “Washington Working with Incarcerated Youth: Growing and Giving Back to the Community” Watch the video explaining this exceptional program.
Master Gardener Program 50 Year Anniversary Celebration, 1973 - 2023

50 years of service to our communities

It all began at Washington State University A grassroots, sociologic movement that started at Washington State University in 1973 and was emulated across the United States and into Canada and South Korea, the Master Gardener Program is WSU Extension’s flagship volunteer program. Learn more about the history of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program.


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

Benton County

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

Specializing in:

  • Gardening & Master Gardeners
  • Food Preservation & Master Food Preservers
  • Animal Science

Benton County

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

Specializing in:

  • Commercial Tree Fruit
  • Sprayer Technology
  • Grapes
  • Small Fruit

Franklin County

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

Specializing in:

  • 4-H
  • Family
  • Forage
  • Commercial Vegetables

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