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By Michele Smith
the Times 

100 years of WSU extension in Columbia County `


October 24, 2019

Courtesy photo

This photo from 2005 show WSU Dayton Extension Agent Paul Carter on the left with his predecessors; Art Sunderland, and Roland Schirman.

DAYTON-In The First 45 Years: A History of Cooperative Extension in Washington State, published by Washington State University press, in April, 1961, author Russell M. Turner discusses the importance of early efforts by state college and experiment station researchers to get their research into the hands of farmers.

Turner wrote that Dr. W. J. Spillman at the State College of Washington, in Pullman, said in his 1897 station report that the demand for information exceeded the ability to meet it.

At the turn of the last century research information was shared with farmers at county Farmers'...

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