Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence Newsletter
February | 2022
Walla Walla Commodity Buffer Program
The Walla Walla County Conservation District is rolling out its new Commodity Buffer Program. The Commodity Buffer Program is a cost-share program designed to protect waterways and water quality in the county, while supporting local agriculture. It offers producers land rental payments to take land out of production and plant conservation buffers. Many producers in Walla Walla County may qualify for this program, including those who grow crops next to a river, as well as those that have field drainage or road erosion issues that impact waterways downhill. This program offers 3-year contracts with competitive compensation based on the price and yield of adjacent crops, with payment minimums to protect growers against a drop in crop prices or yield. The Commodity Buffer Program is a great way to minimize field and road erosion issues, avoid regulatory action, and protect salmon habitat, all while receiving a consistent payment.

For more information on the program, contact Grant Traynor (Walla Walla County Conservation Scientist) at grant.traynor@wwccd.net / 509-956-3767.
Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education Free Professional Development Webinar Series
The Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education invites you to join us for a series of free professional development webinar presentations introducing high-impact implicit bias topics: Introduction, Neurodiversity, and Student Homelessness. Webinars are 60 minutes and will be captioned live and posted for easy access. There is no charge to attend.

The Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education is led by the following Washington State Centers of Excellence: Marine Manufacturing & Technology, Careers in Education, Construction, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and the Machinists Institute. 

Connecting Students to Careers in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Careers in agriculture and natural resources are in high demand in Washington State. Visit our Job Board to explore industry snapshots, job positions statewide or to submit a job description!
Walla Walla Community College seeks Turfgrass and Irrigation Management Instructor
Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Turfgrass and Irrigation Management Instructor at the Walla Walla campus. The start date is at the beginning of the Fall quarter in September 2022.

The agriculture faculty at WWCC are innovative and passionate professionals focused on student success. They are seeking a creative and dynamic individual who will become an active and engaged member of the Agriculture Department’s team.
2022 Pathways to Excellence Program Guide
Check out our 2022 Pathways to Excellence Program Guide featuring statewide agriculture and natural resource programs offered at Washington’s community and technical colleges. With over 100+ Certificate/Associates/BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science) degree offerings, find your pathway to excellence today!
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