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The primary function of the Extension and outreach side of the Washington State Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) project is to be the conduit between the researchers on the team and all stakeholders in the canola industry. At the same time, input from growers, crop consultants, seed suppliers, processors, agencies, and other university personnel is a key component in shaping what questions the WOCS field and greenhouse studies are designed to answer. Communication is our top priority as we share results from research and demonstration trials. This includes phone calls, emails, radio and newspaper interviews, news releases, presentations, field tours, workshops, website, facebook page (WSU Oilseeds), serving as a WSU liaison to the WA Oilseed Commission, WSU Dryland Crops Team member, and the formation of a Pacific Northwest Canola Association. Our field tours and winter workshops once again set attendance records in 2017-18. We strive to involve a broad spectrum of stakeholders and presentation methods in all our events, and that has proven to be a valuable method to increase attendance. A record 317 individuals attended our 2018 Oilseed Workshops at Hartline, Richland, and Colfax, with 170 attending for the first time. We also met our goal of more than half of attendees being producers at each location. Our invited speakers from the Canola Council of Canada and Kansas State University added their perspectives and knowledge about canola production and were very well received. Record canola acreage in WA (60,000) and the 4-state PNW region (221,000) in 2017 underscores the importance of continued education and outreach, and the WOCS team is up to the task!