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Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence


The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence (ANR), housed at Walla Walla Community College, enhances the agricultural and natural resource industry in Washington State by supporting programs offered at community and technical colleges—serving 23 of the state’s 34 colleges. ANR services ensure the efficient use of resources for workforce development activities and initiatives by nurturing a culture of cooperation within the college system, and is a resource to promote agriculture and natural resource education, expand and strengthen degree/certificate programs, and facilitate professional development for college faculty.

The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence is a central hub for the collection and dissemination of the most current agriculture and natural resource education and training information. ANR demonstrates collaboration and communication while fostering mutually beneficial connections between industry and educational partners, consistently serving as a resource to the agricultural industry, the community and technical college system, the K-12 system, and four-year colleges/universities.


Program Highlights

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Farm to Fork:
Food Security Forum

“No Farms, No Food…”
This adage, from American Farmland Trust, is both accurate, and eye-opening. We have a responsibility to protect, promote, and create resiliency in whatever ways we are able, to maintain a safe, bountiful, and accessible food supply. ANR partnered with the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management to produce a day of learning and discussion around creating resiliency in our food and farm accessibility, security practices, and supply chain.”


ANR-COE is our go-to source for connecting us with a well-qualified workforce. We’ve been able to expand our recruiting efforts and foster stronger relationships with colleges and educators across the entire state.
— Leslie Druffel, The McGregor Company




The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence serves the entire state of Washington. We partner with these organizations and many others to support students, workers, and businesses in the agriculture and natural resources industry.