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WSU Extension News

From a Refugee Facing Hunger – To a Student Learning To Fight It

Cedric Habiyaremye is a graduate student at WSU researching crops that will help improve nutrition and make farming systems more sustainable. It all began two decades ago when he was a young boy in Rwanda.

Travel journal: Willamette Valley winery & vineyard tour

Since 2009, the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program has been touring Washington’s American Viticulture Areas to introduce our graduates to the unique characteristics, growers and winemakers of these areas. In May, the tour series jumped the state line for the second time, taking participants to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Not only pairing fun with new friendships and great wine with food, WSU’s vineyard and winery tours provide valuable, direct education by combining learning with unforgettable personal connections.

WSU shares expertise, wine, cheese during FABREO’s first expo in Tri-Cities

Several Washington State University faculty members were featured as guest speakers during the Tri-Cities' first Food and Beverage Retention and Expansion Opportunities (FABREO) expo. Following the seminars, expo attendees made their way around to mingle with regional food and wine vendors, while getting the chance to sample food and beverage products made by companies around the region, including WSU student-made premium Blended Learning wines and Cougar Gold, Crimson Fire and Smoky Cheddar cheeses!

Registration open for Viticulture Field Day

Join Washington State University and the Washington State Grape Society for the 2015 Washington State Viticulture Field Day on Friday, August 14, at the Roza Farm in Prosser. Commercial grape growers and anyone interested in learning about different aspects of grape production are welcome to learn about recent advances in juice- and wine-grape science and vineyard technology.

Help optimize ag productivity, prevent heat-related illness and injury

AgWeatherNet and the University of Washington are partnering to develop a new heat awareness and alert system to help agricultural workplaces prepare for heat waves like we've seen recently. Advance notice of extremely hot days will help prioritize work activities so workers stay healthy and productive and crop loss is avoided. If you would like to participate in developing the system or have questions, please contact Jen Krenz at or 206-616-4213.

Upcoming Events

all-day Benton-Franklin 4-H Video Challe...
Benton-Franklin 4-H Video Challe...
Aug 1 all-day
Benton-Franklin 4-H Video Challenge!!!
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! Benjamin Franklin once said “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Please join us in making your own short 4-H story[...]
8:30 am 4-H Horse Department Outstanding... @ WSU Benton County Extension or WSU Franklin County Extension office
4-H Horse Department Outstanding... @ WSU Benton County Extension or WSU Franklin County Extension office
Aug 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
4-H Horse Department Outstanding Achievement Award  @ WSU Benton County Extension or WSU Franklin County Extension office
4-H Horse Department Outstanding Achievement Award Applications are due August 1st. Since August 1st is on a Saturday this year, applications will be accepted through close of business Monday August 3rd (4pm at Kennewick, 5pm at[...]
8:00 am Benton-Franklin 4-H All Club Com... @ Benton Franklin Fairgrounds
Benton-Franklin 4-H All Club Com... @ Benton Franklin Fairgrounds
Aug 8 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Benton-Franklin 4-H All Club Community Service @ Benton Franklin Fairgrounds | Kennewick | Washington | United States
            The Annual Benton-Franklin 4-H All-Club Day of Service is baaa-aaack! WHO:       All 4-H Club members and leaders of Benton-Franklin 4-H WHAT:     A work day to clean, prepare, and freshen the Fairgrounds[...]
7:00 pm Benton-Franklin 4-H Council Meeting @ Columbia Basin College - Room A334
Benton-Franklin 4-H Council Meeting @ Columbia Basin College - Room A334
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm
Benton-Franklin 4-H Council Meeting  @ Columbia Basin College - Room A334 | Pasco | Washington | United States
Your help is needed in planning the things that take place in Benton and Franklin County. Having a 4-H representative at the 4-H Council meetings also maintains the “good standing” status of your 4-H club.[...]
all-day Annual Benton-Franklin 4-H Gener... @ WSU Franklin County Extension
Annual Benton-Franklin 4-H Gener... @ WSU Franklin County Extension
Oct 1 – Oct 30 all-day
Annual Benton-Franklin 4-H General Leader's Meeting @ WSU Franklin County Extension | Pasco | Washington | United States
MANDATORY ANNUAL LEADER’S MEETING You MUST attend ONE of the meetings in the month of October in order to keep your club compliant and in order to enroll/re-enroll members and leaders.  This year we will[...]

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