WSU Extension is a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nation’s land-grant universities, and county governments. WSU Extension engages people, organizations and communities through programs that advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life. In Washington, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults on a wide range of topics, including agriculture, gardening, economic development, parenting, nutrition, sustainable development, sustainable energy and more. WSU Extension focuses on applied research and outreach to solve high priority problems in the region. As the front door to the University, WSU Extension provides non-credit education and degree opportunities to individuals throughout the state, empowering residents to pursue their interests, develop their talents, support their families, and improve their communities. WSU Extension has over 9,500 trained and certified volunteer educators who, in 2016, spent a total of 425,000 hours delivering research based information and programs that increase the wellbeing of Washington State residents.