Q. What are parasitoids and what do they look like? I've been told they help get rid of insect pests in the garden.
A. Parasitoids are insects that prey on other insects by infesting a life stage of the host. Often, hosts such as aphids will die on the tips of a plant and turn bronze. The bronze aphid will have a small round hole where the newly emerged adult parasitoid emerged. Parasitoids almost always cause death to their host, whereas a parasite does not.
Q. I heard there was a new extension agent in the Tri-Cities that helps children and youth?
A. Yes, AnaMaria Diaz Martinez is an assistant professor/regional youth and family specialist with Washington State University Extension for Franklin and Benton Counties. She is a certified and trained facilitator for the national "Strengthening Families Program" in the Franklin County Extension office in Pasco. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 545-3511.
Q. What is the Northwest Hay Expo and Trade Show?
A. It is the place to learn about the latest in hay production in the Northwest. It is Jan. 15-18 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The Expo has sessions on risk management, alfalfa, timthoy hay, as well as other topics.
On Jan. 15, one of the most successful hydroplane racers of all time, Chip Hanuaer, will talk about "Lessons from a Dangerous Life." The Dec. 16 featured speaker is Don "Bud" Hover, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. There also will be speakers on the "Forage Export Situation." Register at www.wa-hay.org.
Q. Does the 4-H program have a mission?
A. The mission of today's 4-H is to help youth and volunteers in their development through hands-on educational programs, using the knowledge and educational base of land-grant universities. The 4-H mission is accomplished through the direct involvement of youth, adults and the community.
-- Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 735-3551 or Pasco at 545-3511.