This community features publications and educational materials created by the WSU Extension, a network of agricultural experts across Washington state. With 39 locations throughout the state, WSU Extension builds the capacity of individual, organization, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs.

WSU Extension began in 1913, a year ahead of federal legislation authorizing the present extension system. In that year, Washington state authorized a Bureau of Farm Development headquartered at Washington State College and provided for the appointment and maintenance of agricultural experts across the state. By then, however, George A. Nelson, the first county extension worker, had been on the job for more than two months. Nelson was appointed as agriculturist for Wahkiakum County December 12, 1912. He was absorbed into the new Bureau. Pioneer extension educators established a philosophy that’s still relevant today: “helping farmers to help themselves.”

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  • Accepted here! : food access programs at Washington State farmers markets 

    Donovan, Colleen; Ordóñez, Rita; Kinney, Karen; Briggs, Suzanne; Ostrom, Marcia (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-11)
    Across the country, farmers markets have become key actors in a burgeoning “food access” movement. The concept of “food access” builds on long-held goals such as reducing hunger, building community food security, promoting ...
  • How much starter grain should a pre-weaned dairy calf be eating? 

    Moore, Dale A.; Adams-Progar, Amber; Sischo, William M. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-11)
    Pre-weaned dairy calves need starter grain to initiate rumen development. Bacteria in the rumen begin to utilize nutrients from the starter grain and produce volatile fatty acids that assist with rumen development and feed ...
  • Food extrusion processing : an overview 

    Gu, Bon-Jae; Kowalski, Ryan J.; Ganjyal, Girish M. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-11)
    Extrusion processing is a commonly used processing technology in the food industry with a wide number of applications. It is a processing system that utilizes a single screw or a set of screws to force food materials through ...
  • 2018 cranberry pest management guide 

    Patten, Kim D., 1953-; Daniels, Catherine H., 1957- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-11)
    The following information lists and describes chemical control measures suggested for the more common insect pests and diseases of cranberries. The recommendations are based on research by Washington State University, the ...
  • Peaches : value-added food products 

    Smith, Stephanie A.; Medina-Meza, Ilce G.; Ganjyal, Girish M. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-10)
    Peaches are a very nutritious fruit, grown in the state of Washington, and typically harvested between the months of June through September. Peaches are consumed as fresh fruit, as puree, mousse and smoothies, as topping ...
  • Superficial scald risk assessment assay for apples 

    Blakey, Rob; Rudell, David R., 1972- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-10)
    Superficial scald is a major physiological storage disorder in apples which limits storage potential of the fruit. Scald development is affected by a number of pre- and postharvest factors, including: light exposure and ...
  • Unmanned aerial systems in agriculture. Part 2, Sensors 

    Khot, Lav R. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-09)
    The emergence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has enhanced possibilities of acquiring high-resolution multispectral (i.e., few spectral bands) images of agricultural fields at a temporal resolution controlled by the user. ...
  • Wholesale buyers guide to Washington grapevine quarantines 

    Moyer, Michelle, 1982-; Cooper, Cindy (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-09)
    The production of juice and wine grapes in Washington State plays a major role in its agricultural and related economies. From the farm gate value of fruit to revenue generated by tourism, it is a vital industry in the ...
  • Hugelkultur : what is it, and should it be used in home gardens? 

    Chalker-Scott, Linda (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-08)
    Hügelkultur is a German term meaning hillock or mound cultivation. It is a method of building garden and landscape beds using woody material, garden debris, and soil arranged in long, tunnel-shaped mounds. This publication ...
  • 4-H publications and projects 

    Unknown author (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-08)
    4-H curriculum is available to everyone. The collection of resources for 4-H experiential learning is constantly expanding. You don’t have to be part of a traditional club to use materials developed for 4-H. 4-H offers a ...
  • Lady beetles : should we buy them for our gardens? 

    Chalker-Scott, Linda; Bush, Michael R. (Michael Robert), 1962- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    Lady beetles are a popular biocontrol method for aphids in home gardens and landscapes. Many gardeners purchase these insects at nurseries, garden centers, and online. This publication will discuss the drawbacks to using ...
  • Preventive controls for human food : an overview 

    Ganjyal, Girish M.; Coles, Claudia G. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    The safety of the food that we process and serve to the public is very important. Keeping our food safe in the production, packaging, and distribution and until it reaches the consumer is critical. The Food Safety Modernization ...
  • Tobacco rattle virus in peonies : a reference guide for cut flower and rootstock producers 

    Garfinkel, Andrea R.; Steinlage, Todd; Chumley, Janice; Chastagner, Gary A. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    Tobacco rattle virus (TRV), previously referred to as Peony ringspot virus or Peony mosaic virus, is one of the most widespread viruses of peonies. There have been reports of this virus throughout Asia, Europe, New Zealand, ...
  • Understanding access to capital issues for entrepreneurs through simulations 

    Lane, Trevor C.; Tampien, Jordan K. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    As more and more digital natives are coming of age, the reality of the effectiveness of and the important need for powering up creativity with short simulations is hinged on the premise of a game because of the impact it ...
  • Protecting your identity 

    Koehler, Christian R. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    Identity theft is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 17.6 million persons age 16 or older were victims of identity theft in 2014 based on those surveyed, and ...
  • A gardner's primer to Mycorrhizae : understanding how they work and learning how to protect them 

    Chalker-Scott, Linda (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    Mycorrhizae are symbiotic associations between many plants and the beneficial fungi that colonize their roots. Gardeners are often unaware of these relationships and may inadvertently injure or kill the beneficial fungi ...
  • Advances in dryland farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest 

    Yorgey, Georgine; Kruger, Chad E. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    The Pacific Northwest is an important wheat production region. In 2015, the National Agricultural Statistics Service indicated that Washington, Idaho, and Oregon harvested more than 240 million bushels of wheat, worth an ...
  • Journal matrix : a tool for extension scholarship 

    Diaz Martinez, AnaMaria; Scanga, Lauren Hrncirik; Crawford Jennifer K.; Teuteberg, Dan; Betz, Drew L. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-07)
    Throughout their careers, faculty make multiple decisions about which journal to submit their manuscripts to. More often than not, the journal review process can take several months to over a year. In a 2015 survey of ...
  • Fencing considerations for livestock owners 

    Schmidt, Janet L.; Heitstuman, Mark D. (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Fencing is an integral part of a livestock or equine operation. It is very important for the safety and welfare of animals and producers. Fencing is a major expense for livestock owners, and takes considerable time and ...
  • Raised beds : will they benefit your vegetable garden? 

    Cogger, Craig George, 1950- (Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Extension, 2017-06)
    Many vegetable gardeners use raised beds, but other gardeners successfully grow fruit and vegetables directly in native soil. Which system is best for you? This publication will describe the uses of raised beds and weigh ...

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