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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.

Our Mission

Washington State University Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.

Our Vision

Washington State University Extension is the front door to the University. It extends non-credit education and degree opportunities to people and communities throughout the state. Extension builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning.

Our Impact in the Community

Serving our Communities with Expert Knowledge




– Alfalfa Variety Trials
– Fertility in Forages
– Alternative Cropping Systems


Animal Science

– Cow/calf Nutrition
– Livestock Management
– Meat Animal Quality Assurance


Fruit Crops

– Pest Management, Horticulture, and Application Technology in Grapes, Tree Fruit, and Berries


Vegetable Crops

– Vegetable Production
– Pest Management for Vegetables

Communities & Families


4-H/Youth Development

– Positive Youth Development and Experiential Learning
– Volunteer Development


Nutrition & Food Safety

– Food Safety and Preservation
– Nutrition
– Master Food Preserver Program


Youth & Family Engagement 

– Health, Nutrition, and Wellness in the Community
– Family and Human Development


Community Horticulture 

– Sustainable Gardening and Landscape
– Master Gardener Program