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Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association

Welcome to the Washington Extension

Agents and Specialists Association!


This group of individuals believes in and are

“Dedicated to Professionalism in Extension Education”

Join WEASA and NACAA today!

What is WEASA? – Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association –

Open to: “Any Washington State University Extension agent, specialist, faculty member, district director, state program leader, program assistant, coordinator, or Extension Educator employed by the state or county may become a member of this association without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”Sign up now! This is a great way to add Scholarship and Recognition to your Vita (CV). Network with agents and specialists from across the US.

NACAA – National Association of County Agriculture Agents – Open to: WEASA members may opt to join the NACAA (our national affiliate)

Consider this your official invitation to join our state professional organization. The attached brochures highlight membership benefits for both associations.

NACAA publishes “The County Agent,” four times a year that shares the most recent activities of the association. They also have the “Journal of NACAA,” that hosts the opportunity for publishing articles on a national level.

Please contact me, Debbie Moberg-Williams email or current president, Steve Van Vleet email, if you have any questions

Fill out the attached Membership Form 2015 and send in asap!


Your WEASA Leadership Team

Steve M. Van Vleet,, President,

Regional Extension Specialist Agriculture & Natural Resources, Whitman County


Timothy D Waters,, President-Elect

Area Extension Educator, Franklin & Benton Co. Commercial Vegetables, Franklin County


Don McMoran,, Secretary

County Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator,

Skagit County


Debbie Williams,, Treasurer

County Director, Youth and Family Programs, Walla Walla County


Aaron D Esser,, Past President

County Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator,

Grant County


WEASA Directors
  • Susan Kerr, Eastside, >5 years

  • Janet Schmidt, Eastside , >5 years

  • Mark Heitstuman, Eastside, >5 years

  • Tim Waters, Eastside, <5 years

  • Paul Carter, Eastside,<5 years

  • Todd Murray, Westside,>5 years

  • Don McMoran, Westside,>5 years

  • Sheila Gray, Westside, >5 years


Scholarships are available to attend meetings such as the upcoming:

Regional (Western Regional) Anchorage, Alaska, September 22-23, 2015


Start planning to attend: National Conference (NACAA) AM/PIC in Little Rock, AR; July 20-24, 2016.


Upcoming Events

Western Region Extension Professional Development Conference

September 23-24, 2015; Anchorage, Alaska!

The NACAA Western Region Professional Improvement Conference will take place September 23 & 24 at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

The conference will provide opportunities for members to give presentations and posters.  The conference will also include a day of tours with visits to the Matanuska Glacier, Muskox Farm, Reindeer and includes an Alaska caught salmon feast lunch and an Alaska grown arctic burger lunch.
Because of the limited capacity of some tour sites, registration for the conference will be capped at 50*.

To register, click here.

Deadline to register is September 16, but it is expected the conference capacity will be filled long before that time.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me (Stephen Brown).  Your Alaskan NACAA colleagues look forward to providing you an experience you will never forget!


Local Professional Improvement Activities

The 2016 WEASA Spring Sustainability Tour is already being planned!


WEASA Spring  2015 Sustainability Tour in Western Washington


The tour included several sustainable farm sites including Coffelts Farm, Black Dog Farm, Bullocks Permaculture Homestead & Nursery, Mitchell Bay Farm and Nursery and also a tour of “Brick Works” Farmers Market.


  WSU Engagement in NACAA AM/PIC 2015 

(National Agriculture County Agents Association)

 WA state group to nacaa 2015


Front row:Patsy Warnock, Susan Kerr, Janet Schmidt. Back row: Don McMoran, Doug Warnock, Steve van Vleet, Aaron Esser.

Front row:Patsy Warnock, Susan Kerr, Janet Schmidt. Back row: Don McMoran, Doug Warnock, Steve van Vleet, Aaron Esser.

Janet swearing in to her role as Western Regional Director

Janet swearing in to her role as Western Regional Director

Congratulations to the following WSU Extension faculty recognized at the recent National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) conference:


Janet Schmidt, Western Regional NACAA Director



Tip Hudson, Non-Point Source Water Quality Risk Assessment for Grazing Areas

Aaron Esser, Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture

Susan Kerr, Bovine Respiratory Disease Risk Reduction from Bloodlines to Fencelines


Don McMoran, Extension Education poster, “WSU Skagit County Extension Gearing Up for Safety Training”

Don McMoran, Applied Research poster, “Evaluation of Fungicides Applied via Drip Irrigation for Control of Silver Scurf on Potato in Western Washington”



Doug Stienbarger, Distinguished Service Award

Sheila Gray, State Winner for Fact Sheet (Growing Peas in the Home Garden)

Chris Benedict, Regional Winner for Published Photo and Caption

Drew Corbin, National Finalist for Video Presentation, “WSU Outreach Compost Program“(2013 NACAA Western Regional Winner) and “The Compost Outreach Project, Learning from the Farmers” (2014 National Finalist).

Don McMoran, Regional Winner for Excellence in 4-H Programming

Don McMoran, State Winner for Excellence in Crop Production

Don McMoran, National Finalist for Excellence in Farm Health and Safety

Susan Kerr, SARE/NACAA Fellows Award

Susan Kerr and Chris Benedict, Regional Winner for Team Newsletter

WSU – NACAA Committee Members

Steve Van Vleet, Sustainable Agriculture – Western Region Vice Chair and National Chair

Don McMoran, Agricultural Issues and Public Relations –                        Western Region  Vice Chair

Mark Heitstuman, Communications – Western Region Vice Chair

Sheila Gray, Scholarship, Western Region Vice Chair

Doug Warnock, Life Member- Western Region Vice Chair

Susan Kerr, Teaching and Educational Technologies –                               Western Region Vice Chair

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