RITZVILLE, Wash. — The new location for Washington State University’s Adams County Extension offers growers better access to services, WSU Extension officials say.
The county extension office held an open house May 12 at its new location, 205 W. Main St., in Ritzville, Wash.
The move to a historic downtown storefront allowed the office to nearly quadruple its space compared to its previous location in the county courthouse, said Rich Koenig, associate dean and director of WSU Extension.
“Greater accessibility, greater visibility,” Koenig said.
The county office also gained a conference room that can serve as a classroom, said Adams County Extension director Aaron Esser. He will be able to offer more specialized classes for farmers, and offer webinars.
“They’re accessible, and they’re going to be able to do multiple things out of here, not just simple, basic, Extension services,” said Mike Miller, board member of the Washington Grain Commission.
Esser said the next step is setting up the technology for a videoconferencing system and assessing workshop needs.
“It really allows us to expand our services,” he said, noting he hopes to offer pesticide training and more ag and gardening information.
Adams County leases the space from the Ritzville Public Development Authority.
The move coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which created the national Cooperative Extension system.
“We’re looking forward to the next 100 years,” Esser said.