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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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Stripe rust forecast is good news for wheat growers

Weidong Chen, a research plant pathologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Pullman, released his first stripe rust forecast of the season in January, and it’s good news for wheat growers.

Grant to make WSU’s Cosmic Crisp apple even better


Stefano Musacchi, Endowed Chair for Tree Fruit Physiology and Management in the Department of Horticulture, recently received $249,000 from the U.S Department of Agriculture to optimize the orchard management and fruit quality of the Cosmic Crisp apple.

The grant is focus on training systems to optimize vigor control and quality of Cosmic Crisp, the latest creation of WSU’s world-class apple breeding program led by Kate Evans.

Funding comes via the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Speciality Crop Block Grant program.

Also listed in the grant are R. Karina Gallardo, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist in the School of Economic Sciences; Lee Kalcsits, Assistant Professor, Tree Fruit ... » More ...

Animal Sciences team looks to genes for healthier, tastier beef

Zhihua Jiang, Larry Fox, Min Du and Martin Maquivar, professors in the Department of Animal Sciences, recently received a nearly half-million-dollar grant to identify key genes that influence meat quality and healthfulness in beef, and mastitis and metritis—udder and uterus inflammation—in dairy cattle.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Foundational Grant for $475,000 is titled “Genome-wide mapping of alternative polyadenylation sites in cattle.”

Besides helping build consumer confidence in beef, the WSU researchers are developing new non-antibiotic treatments, addressing concerns over the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Learn more about animal science research at WSU here.

WSU plant detective solves your farm, garden mysteries

No matter how deep the plant mystery, Rachel Ann Bomberger is eager to get to the bottom of things. As the new WSU Plant Diagnostician, she helps Washington farmers, gardeners, crop consultants and Extension agents get answers to their hardest plant health questions.

Camp to help beef producers improve herds, understand wildfires

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Northwest beef producers had a very rough ride in 2015. Unprecedented wildfires burned millions of acres of pasture, and volatile prices followed. The cost to Washington’s $5 billion beef industry is still being counted.

To help cattle producers recover and keep their businesses strong, WSU animal scientists and Extension researchers, in partnership with the American Angus Association, will share the latest science-based strategies at Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, April 15 and 16 at Kennewick’s Benton County Fairgrounds.

The first evening will educate farmers about the 2015 wildfires, which continue to have lingering impacts months after being ... » More ...

Upcoming Events

Sat 06

Benton-Franklin Annual 4-H Swine Information Day

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pasco WA United States
Sat 06

Seed Starting Class

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kennewick WA United States

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