100 Years of Extension
WSU and fellow land-grant universities, in 2014, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the federal Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914. As part of the year-long celebration, WSU Extension is asking students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers and friends to share their experiences of how Extension programs, services and people have enriched their lives. The goal is to collect 100 stories; to share yours, visit www.cahnrs.wsu.edu/extensionstories.
County Extension Office History 1918 to 2014
The Columbia County Extension office was established in 1918 with the first agricultural agent J. Mitchell Lewis. Lewis served Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties from June 16, 1918 through December 31, 1919. He then became the agricultural agent for only Columbia County from January 1, 1920 until August 20, 1922. Other agricultural agents (county directors) since then include A.Z. Smith (Sept.1, 1922 to Nov. 1, 1922), Carl Anderson (Aug. 30, 1933 to Nov. 1, 1945), Robert (Bob) Williams (Nov. 1, 1945 to June 6, 1954), Arthur (Art) Sunderland (June 14, 1954 to July 15, 1979), Roland Schirman (Oct. 4 1979 to Nov. 1, 2004, and Paul G. Carter (May1, 2005 to present). The office was vacant for 11 years from Nov. 1, 1922 to Aug. 30, 1933.
Extension Office information
Washington State University’s Columbia County Extension Office and staff connect the people of Columbia County to the research and knowledge base of the state’s land grant research university. This knowledge base provides solutions to local issues and concerns while stimulating the local economy. Our county-based faculty work with partners in the local communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to create a positive future for the residents of Columbia County.
Our local programs include Agriculture, Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth & Families. In addition, Washington State University can supply over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.
* Highlight Items
Marksmen (4-H Club) Take Aim at Gun Safety
By Dian Ver Valen The Times Click for details
Kids Sharpen Shooting Skills
The Columbia County Marksmen is one of the county’s largest 4-H clubs with approximately 22 members (about half girls and half boys) between the ages of eight and 17.
Current and Local Events
* 3rd Annual Women in Agriculture Conference in Walla Walla March 15, 2104 Register by March 1st for best rate!
Please join us on March 15, 2014 at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Room (500 Tausick Way, Main Building Room 185). Please register online www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu . For more information contact Debbie Fortner at 509-382-2421 Ex105 firstname.lastname@example.org or WSU Extension office-Walla Walla 509-524-2685.
This year’s conference will be held in multiple locations across Washington, Idaho and Oregon – on the same day! This multiple site conference format brings the best of national and local speakers to easily accessible locations.
Mark your calendar and join us for a day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women involved in agriculture.
Visit the website for more information: www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact me at WSU Extension.
* 2014 Furry Coat Open Schooling Horse Show, March 15.
The Rocking D Riders 4-H Club will once again offer the Furry Coat Open Schooling Horse Show to be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on March 15 at 9:00 AM. Fees for participation are $6.00 per class. For more information, contact the County Extension Office or click on the link for downloading the registration and participation form. Furry Coat Show 2014