Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension (ANRE) is one of four program areas in Cooperative Extension. ANRE programs and educators help those in rural and urban communities use research and knowledge to solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. ANRE educators balance farm profitability and production of high quality food, horticultural crops, fiber, and plant material with protection of the natural environment.
Creating a Robust Agricultural and Horticultural Economy
ANRE programs help create and support the growth of more than 350,000 jobs tied to Wisconsin’s $60 billion agricultural, horticultural, food, and bioenergy sectors. Job creation and economic growth occurs through our research-based education and technical consultation, which influence sound decisions and promote best practices. Best practices improve economic and environmental sustainability for individuals, families, communities, and businesses.
Supporting Healthy and Safe Food Systems
ANRE educators focus on worker safety and the production of safe food products by working with agricultural producers and processors. Programs in this area also help to develop and create new ways to use and add value to agricultural and horticultural products. ANRE programs support and promote safe and healthy practices, while providing new opportunities for individuals and businesses within the farm-to-table agricultural sector.
Protecting Valued Natural Resources
ANRE educators and programs recognize multiple, competing uses for natural resources (water, land, and air) and that different groups of people value these resources in different ways. Education and applied research programs help individuals and businesses use resources in ways that are sustainable, while maintaining or enhancing natural resources quality. In addition, we work with regulatory agencies and with the communities and audiences they regulate to arrive at and promote practical solutions to dynamic natural resource issues.
An Eye to Our Future
The structure of Wisconsin agriculture is changing in ways that affect the traditional family farm. Urban encroachments, changing consumer demands, and a global marketplace are altering the face of farming. To adapt to these changes, ANRE education programs help to protect natural resources while striving for profitability in agriculture and meeting the food and fiber needs of communities. We also help property owners with farm succession and planning, and in providing education in the growing of crops, fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals.
Extension educators, agents, and specialists work in partnership with county, state, federal and tribal governments, community organizations, volunteers, businesses, and industry. With Extension faculty and staff in every county and on University of Wisconsin campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens access to university research and knowledge throughout the state.
Cooperative Extension is made up of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension; Community, Natural Resource, and Economic Development; Family Living; and 4-H Youth Development.