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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 Benton and Franklin Counties and area residents.

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Today’s fast paced society is bustling with a sometimes overwhelming amount of internet articles, blogs and other resources. It seems a simple internet search can teach you how to do just about anything. But tread carefully! Much of this information is not necessarily research based, and in some cases can prove to be costly.

WSU Extension has a large variety of publications that are filled with research based information that you can trust. Check out their online catalog or stop by one of our offices to see what interests you.

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Verify the disease or pest before you act

alfalfa-plant-bugThe Washington State University Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic, and the Puyallup Plant and Insect Diagnostic Laboratory, provide plant problem diagnosis for the state of Washington and surrounding areas.

Accurate diagnosis of plant diseases, disorders, and pests is the first step in implementing a successful integrated pest management (IPM) program.

The Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic accepts samples from commercial growers, homeowners, public and private landowners, nursery and greenhouse operators, foresters, extension specialists, consultants, agriculture and horticulture-based industries, and government programs.


Full Service Plant Problem Diagnosis ($40).

This option is for when a microscopic examination alone ... » More ...

Big-data computer will facilitate research, collaboration

WSU recently cut the ribbon on a $2.7 million high-performance computer, heralding a new era of gleaning insights from large and unwieldy masses of data.


This month’s column toasting WSU faculty and students. We're celebrating recipients and nominees from the CAHNRS Honors awards banquet, the student employee of the year, and a "Partner in Science" grant winner.

A passion for predators: From T-Rex to insects

Doctoral student Joseph Taylor's research on insect predators leads to prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Stormwater pollution: Solutions within reach

"The health of Puget Sound is threatened, and the time to act is now."

Upcoming Events

Fri 06

Spring Plant Sale

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 07

Spring Plant Sale

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon 09

Benton-Franklin 4-H Council Meeting

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 10

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