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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Faculty & Staff

Yakima County Extension Office

WSU Yakima County Extension is located inside the Yakima County Resource Center, behind the Union Gap Mall: 2403 S. 18th. St. Suite 100, Union Gap, WA 98903

Phone: (509) 574-1600
Fax: (509) 574-1601

Office Hours

OPEN Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Due to COVID-19 employees are temporarily working from home. Please call 574-1600, using the phone tree, leave a message with that extension.

Tipton Hudson

WSU Yakima County Extension Director, Associate Professor in Rangeland and Livestock Management / (509) 962-7507


Frank Hendrix, Extension EducatorWilliam F. (Frank) Hendrix

Animal Sciences, Irrigated Pasture, Range and Riparian Management Extension Professor / (509) 574-1600

Frank Hendrix, is an experienced senior WSU faculty member. Prior to being hired by WSU, he was a successful farmer/rancher, manager, consultant and national award winner in soil and natural resource conservation implementation. He has …more


Alison J. WhiteAlison J. White

Extension Regional Specialist, 4-H Youth Development / (509) 707-8066

Alison White joined the WSU Extension team in 2013. As a regional faculty member, Alison works in both Yakima and Kittitas counties providing leadership, with an emphasis on youth development research and fund development, for 4-H Youth Development programs. After earning …more

 Jenny Loyd, Yakima County 4-H Youth Development Program CoordinatorJenny W. Loyd

 Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development / (509) 574-1600

Jenny Loyd spent her childhood in Springfield, Illinois and received her B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. Jenny has been part of the 4-H family since 2007, as the 4-H Youth Development …more


Bonnie AbercrombieBonnie Abercrombie

Office Coordinator, WSU Yakima County Extension / (509) 574-1600

Bonnie grew up in the Lower Valley.  In 1985 she moved to the Soap Lake area. She was currently working for the Grant-Adams WSU Extension office in Ephrata, before moving back to Toppenish. Bonnie is our Office Coordinator. Bonnie has two children, a son and a daughter and one grandson and one granddaughter. Her and her husband live on a small farm in Toppenish and raise cattle and hay.


Bernardita Sallato

Tree Fruit Extension Specialist / (509) 786-9205

Bernardita Sallato’s areas of expertise are soil and plant nutrition in tree fruit. Her program will be focus on orchard efficiency and horticulture production improvement by managing soil fertility, root growth and water – nutrient uptake….more


 Holly PhotoHolly B. Lacell

Food $ense Coordinator, SNAP-Ed / (509) 574-1600

Holly has been with the Yakima Ext. SNAP-Ed program for nearly 7 years. She loves reading, cats, and coffee.



Claudia R. Steen

Yakima County Master Gardeners Program Coordinator / (509) 574-1604

Claudia received her BS degree and worked in a clinical lab as a microbiologist for 10 years.  She then received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Science at San Francisco State University in 1978 and was offered an Associate Professor position at Central Washington University where she became the Program Director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program …more