Washington State University Extension

Columbia County



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County Extension Office History

1918 to 2014

The Columbia County Extension office was established in 1918 with the first agricultural agent J. Mitchell Lewis. Lewis served Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties from June 16, 1918 through December 31, 1919. He then became the agricultural agent for only Columbia County from January 1, 1920 until August 20, 1922. Other agricultural agents (county directors) since then include A.Z. Smith (Sept.1, 1922 to Nov. 1, 1922), Carl Anderson (Aug. 30, 1933 to Nov. 1, 1945), Robert (Bob) Williams (Nov. 1, 1945 to June 6, 1954), Arthur (Art) Sunderland (June 14, 1954 to July 15, 1979), Roland Schirman (Oct. 4 1979 to Nov. 1, 2004), and Paul G. Carter (May 1, 2005 to present). The office was vacant for 11 years from Nov. 1, 1922 to Aug. 30, 1933.

Early Extension Office

Extension Office information

Washington State University’s Columbia County Extension Office and staff connect the people of Columbia County to the research and knowledge base of the state’s land grant research university. This knowledge base provides solutions to local issues and concerns while stimulating the local economy. Our county-based faculty work with partners in the local communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to create a positive future for the residents of Columbia County.

Our local programs include Agriculture, Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth & Families. In addition, Washington State University can supply over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.


Current Events

* Columbia Conservation district Spring Tour – May 20.

For information or questions, contact the Conservation District Office @ 509-382-4773 ext 102

* Columbia Bi-County 4-H Camp – June 15-19 at Camp Wooten


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