PULMAN – eXtension, a national web resource that brings the knowledge and resources of the nation’s land-grant universities to one site, will be formally launched Feb 21 as part of the 2008 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Shafer is scheduled to “cut the ribbon” during a ceremony, scheduled for noon Pacific Standard Time. The launch ceremony can be watched via videostream in 409 Hulbert Hall. Until it runs out, pizza will be provided. 

eXtension provides space where content providers from across the nation’s Extension system can join together to produce new information and educational resources on a wide range of topics. 

“Users will be able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of 75 Extension organizations across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get credible, research-based answers to questions they have and dynamic learning modules” said Linda Kirk Fox, associate vice president and dean of WSU Extension.

The site features customized answers to meet specific needs; a searchable knowledge base and “Ask the Experts” options; contact with more than 3,000 local county extension offices across the nation; as well as community building features, including blogs, online chats, content evaluation, rating an more.

Visit eXtension is on the web at http://www.extension.org/