CAHNRS > Development > ReConnect > Small Bites > Then and Now Then and Now As one of the state’s most promising sources of hope, youth have remained a focus of WSU Extension efforts tailored to their needs ever since the first 4-H club in Washington was established in 1912. 4-H youth development programs today encourage both girls and boys to explore career fields ranging from engineering to consumer science. WSU Extension research has transformed Washington’s tree fruit industry, and continues to help improve harvest efficiency and safety with innovation and empathy. Just ask Karen Lewis, WSU Extension regional tree fruit specialist and executive board member of the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems. From physical to mechanical horse power, Palouse-area farmers have continued to meet the challenges and pursue the opportunities of the landscape that inspired the Washington State land-grant college site selection commission to choose Pullman. WSU Extension Master Gardeners have enriched the growing experience for residents throughout Washington based on a program that has been adopted by every other land-grant university in the nation.