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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.

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.

News & Events

Animal heat alert

Heat wave may cause problems for livestock producers and their animals

A heat wave is expected to engulf much of the Inland Northwest over the next week with daytime temperatures above 100 degrees in many areas. These temperatures will put livestock and pet well-being at risk. Commercial producers and youth with animal projects should prepare now for the upcoming heat and dangerous conditions.
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Heat Hardy Plants – Garden Education Series Class by Master Gardeners

The summer heat is here! Are your plants (and you) struggling with it? Join us on zoom to learn more about gardening with heat hardy plants. Saturday, August 13th at 10:00 am Class will be held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required to attend. Follow link to register for this online event.
Free Pressure Gauge Testing. Call 509-735-3551 to schedule your appointment.

FREE pressure canner gauge testing available in our Kennewick office.

It's time to test your pressure gauges! The USDA recommends having pressure canner gauges tested annually. Testing your pressure canner will determine whether it is functioning properly and will help you produce safely preserved food. Call 509-735-3551 to schedule your appointment.
Report Japanese Beetle sightings to WSDA

They're here

The presence of Japanese Beetles has now been confirmed in the Richland, Grandview, Sunnyside and Wapato areas. Report any sightings of these destructive pests to the Washington State Department of Agriculture on their website at agr.wa.gov/beetles or by emailing PestProgram@agr.wa.gov
Report Asian Giant Hornet sightings to WSDA

Be on the lookout

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) needs the public to be on the lookout for possible Northern Giant Hornets (NGH) in Washington State. Learn more about NGH and report sightings on the WSDA website agr.wa.gov/hornets You can also email hornets@agr.wa.gov or call 1-800-443-6684.
Let us help! Contact our Master Gardeners with all of your gardening questions

We're here to help

Our Master Gardeners are here to help with your garden and landscape questions/problems. Call us or stop by with your sample. We will have a Master Gardener contact you as soon as they can. Tuesday – Thursday 9am-4pm (closed for lunch 12pm-1pm) (509) 736-2726 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336

Locations

Benton County – Kennewick
(Gardening, Horticulture, Food Preservation, Animal Science)       
7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-3551
Email
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 4:00pm
Benton County – Prosser
(Commerical Tree Fruit, Grapes and Small Fruit)

Benton County Courthouse, 1st Floor
620 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350-1320
(509) 786-5609
Email
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday | 8:30am – 4:30pm
Franklin County – Pasco
(4-H, Family, Forage and Commercial Vegetables) 

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

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