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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 grand 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.

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October 2014

Building on a strong foundation Since the first WSU Kitsap County Extension agent began service in 1917, outreach education has continued to improve lives in the area. The Boys and Girls Canning Clubs featured on the USS Nevada in 1923 are now part of a legacy that includes a wide range of local 4-H clubs, […]

WSU’s Green Times: Beetles, Bees, Beef & Bread

NEW! sustainable ag online graduate certificate Washington State University will launch an online graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture in the spring. The nine-credit certificate provides expertise in researching, assessing and improving sustainable agriculture, said Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, the professor directing the program. It is designed for researchers already enrolled in graduate-level agriculture programs and for working […]

Triggering the Ice Age

From time to time I give public talks on climate change — those large scale changes geologists have been studying since the 1830s. At those talks I’m often asked a basic question about climate that, until now, has stumped scientists. Here’s the background.

WSU’s On Solid Ground: An apple a day, Big data, Potato blight, Cereal grain defense, and Poplar products

An apple a day could keep obesity away WSU scientists have concluded that non digestible compounds in Granny Smith apples may help prevent disorders associated with obesity. The study, thought to be the first to assess these compounds in apple cultivars grown in the Pacific Northwest, appears in this month’s Food Chemistry. “We know that, […]

Grant helps WSU improve state’s most valuable crops

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have been awarded $2.53 million to improve fruit quality and disease resistance of crops in the rosaceae family (apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry and tart cherry).

The production, processing and marketing of these crops in Washington generate an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion, making them the state’s most valuable agricultural commodity, said Jim McFerson, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission research manager.

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In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.

As part of Extension’s year-long celebration, we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to share their reflections on how Extension programs, services, and people have enriched their lives.

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