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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 WEASA Membership Form 2016 and send in asap!


Fall Greetings to Colleagues in the Western Region!

It seems like just last week we were in Sioux Falls South Dakota and now it is almost Halloween!  I had hoped to get a correspondence out to the Western Region a few months ago however time got away from me.  Please share this email with your state association membership. And now for a few highlights!


The Western Regional AM/PIC in Anchorage Alaska September 23-24,  was terrific and a very educational experience.  States represented at the meeting included Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, Utah, Virginia and Washington.   The first day featured presentations on a variety of interesting topics.  We even had a colleague from Florida presenting on an interesting way to engage retired citizens in horticulture programs. Day 2 featured a tour of the Matanuska Glacier, Matanuska Experiment Station, Reindeer & Elk Farm and Musk Ox Farm.  I got several great pictures of colleagues feeding the reindeer or should I say being mugged by the reindeer!  Needless to say, the reindeer were friendly and used to being fed by people.  Special thanks to Stephen Brown, our meeting host, tour guide and Western Region Vice-Director, who shared many entertaining stories and experiences along the way!

Attending the AM/PIC is a great way to build the scholarship component of your vita, network with colleagues and engage in professional improvement.  Consider attending the Western Region AM/PIC in the coming year.

NACAA Scholarship and Awards

Plan ahead!  Before we know, the Awards Edition of The County Agent will be in your email inbox or on your desk!  We have very impressive Extension Programs being conducted throughout the region characterized by quality and creativity.  Submit to give a presentation, poster or apply for an award.  Let you great work be recognized!  Block out some time now to make an application or write an article for submission to the Journal of NACAA.  Note that the awards deadline is March 15.  Be a good steward to yourself and make an application!   If you are interested in a scholarship, that deadline is June 1.

Communication link of NACAA

One of the biggest challenges facing NACAA is communication among our membership.  To assist with the communication link, we ask State Presidents to go to the website after the National meeting or after you elect your new officers and new committee chairs and update this information on the NACAA website.  This simple task makes a huge difference in the communication chain of our organization.  If you need help with this task, I would be happy to talk you through this or send information via email.

JCEP Meeting

For those of you unfamiliar with JCEP, it stands for Joint Council of Extension Professionals.  The JCEP board has representatives from all the Extension Professional Associations.  JCEP is scheduled for February 10-11, 2016, at the Tropicana, in Las Vegas, NV.  This meeting features a keynote speaker and then several terrific presentations.  Time is allowed for NACAA to meet and discuss NACAA business.  For the past several years, the NACAA board has approved a travel stipend, one per state, to help NACAA members attend the meeting.  This will be discussed at our Winter Board meeting and I will have that information in December to share with the region.  In the meantime, mark this date on your calendar.



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 for professional improvement.


Upcoming Events


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


Western Region Extension Professional Development Conference (click for photo gallery)

September 23-24, 2015; Anchorage, Alaska!

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

The conference provided opportunities for members to give presentations and posters.  The conference also included a day of tours with visits to the Matanuska Glacier, Muskox Farm, Reindeer and included  an Alaska grown arctic burger lunch.

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

WSU Engagement in NACAA AM/PIC 2014

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.

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 2015-2016 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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