Impact Reports

MAKING IMPACTS GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY

WSU Extension serves the residents of Washington State by creating and delivering targeted research-based knowledge and education. It’s a mission the organization and its dedicated specialists have refined over the past century. Part of that process is communicating results.

These reports provide accounts of how our programs empower participants to better their lives. We hope the reports inspire you to join at least one of our courses or events, share your story, and provide feedback. Your involvement will help us improve our responsiveness and reach more individuals.

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WSU Beef 300 Program: Intensive Training for Beef Producers

Meat animal production is a significant part of the Washington State economy. According to 2013 data, cattle and calves ranked fifth among all Washington commodities with a value of $706 million (National Ag Statistics Service). From niche producers to large-scale commercial operators and packing plants, livestock producers, managers, and employees are seeking information to gain a better understanding of the food production chain from farm to table. For Washington producers to maintain livestock profitability and competitiveness within the U.S. and worldwide, training needs to be provided on meat quality, value-based pricing, and the use of new technologies and the latest research to address critical and emerging issues, regulations, food safety, and quality standards.
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Biocontrol of Noxious Weeds

Washington State is facing an invasion of non-native, highly invasive noxious weeds, including diffuse, meadow and spotted knapweed, purple loosestrife, tansy ragwort, St. Johnswort, Scotch broom, and Dalmatian toadflax. Noxious weeds destroy biological diversity, decrease forage, increase erosion potential, and decrease land values across the state and western USA. Healthy habitats are vital for wildlife, livestock, and the people of Washington. Biological control, or biocontrol, is the intentional use of one living organism to control or suppress another organism. In weed biocontrol, this primarily includes the use of organisms such as insects, mites, and pathogens. Washington State land managers often do not have the time, funds, or expertise to implement biocontrol as part of their own integrated weed management strategies.
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