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New WSU Adams County extension office moves

Washington State University Adams County Extension is now located in a new office in downtown Ritzville, Wash. The new location allows growers more access to information and extension services, university reps say.
Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

Published on May 13, 2014 11:04AM

Last changed on May 13, 2014 11:29AM

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Washington State University Adams County Extension director Aaron Esser looks for wireworms in a display case during the open house for the new extension office location May 12 in downtown Ritzville, Wash.

Matthew Weaver/Capital Press Washington State University Adams County Extension director Aaron Esser looks for wireworms in a display case during the open house for the new extension office location May 12 in downtown Ritzville, Wash.

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Ritzville Chamber of Commerce President Judith Rinehart-Nelson greets Washington State University Adams County Extension Food Safety Preservation Information assistant Alice Weber and WSU Grant County Extension Director Christine Price during the open house May 12 for the new Adams County Extension office in downtown Ritzville, Wash.

Matthew Weaver/Capital Press Ritzville Chamber of Commerce President Judith Rinehart-Nelson greets Washington State University Adams County Extension Food Safety Preservation Information assistant Alice Weber and WSU Grant County Extension Director Christine Price during the open house May 12 for the new Adams County Extension office in downtown Ritzville, Wash.

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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.



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