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Market sale set, donations taken after fires halt county fair

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

REPUBLIC, Wash. – In her two decades as a 4-H leader in Ferry County, Kari Neal has never seen a fire season like this. Even in 1988, with the White Mountain fire raging on nearby Sherman Pass, the Ferry County Fair went on as usual. » More …

‘Unusually tough summer’ teaches 4-H kids hard lesson

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Oreo-80PROSSER, Wash. – As the county fair season winds down across Washington state, many 4-H kids have discovered that Mother Nature has a cruel side. Record-breaking heat dampened the youths’ prospects of bringing home prize ribbons and cash for their farm animals. » More …

Youth expand learning on farm business field trip

Wash-4-HBREMERTON, Wash. – Structured learning and encouragement from adult volunteers/mentors plays a vital role in helping young people achieve success in life. Washington State University Extension 4-H youth recently explored career opportunities and a new international business model, as well as cool tractors, on a machinery field trip. » More …

Former WSU Extension dean named to 4-H hall of fame

Tate-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Michael J. Tate, the former dean of Washington State University Extension and just-retired chief diversity officer and human development professor, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 10 for his lifetime achievements and contributions. » More …

July 11: Youth livestock focus is on quality assurance

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

youth-livestock-100BREMERTON, Wash. – A day-long course for youth will help them raise livestock that meets the standards set forth in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quality assurance program. The training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Rd., Bremerton, Wash. » More …

Extension Bulletins bear fruits of early research, outreach

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Victory-Gardens-cover-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For today’s information seekers, who can find answers in minutes with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to imagine a time when rural dwellers were cut off from knowledge for the most fundamental reasons. No electricity. No car. No phone. No nearby expert to explain why a cow gave birth to her calf prematurely. » More …

Anniversary stories speak to enduring value of Extension

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

WAITING KATE list of Ext. 100 events (1)PULLMAN, Wash. – “If you eat, Extension has helped you. Whether you know it or not,” said Debbie Niehenke, a 4-H leader and farmer in Whitman County, Wash. Niehenke recently shared her thoughts about Washington State University Extension as part of an oral history project launched in honor of the service’s 100th birthday. » More …