Climate Smart Agriculture at Colorado State University
The Climate Smart Agriculture initiative is a collaboration through the CSU Office of Engagement to provide research-based information for agricultural producers. The goal is to improve the resiliency of farms and ranches, and the overall food system, in a changing climate. Climate Smart tackles three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions.
The recent Colorado Climate Report focuses on seven main sectors including water, public health, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems.
Climate Smart Agriculture Partners at CSU
The Office of Engagement includes the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State Extension, Colorado State University Online, the Office of Community and Economic Development and the Northeast Regional Engagement Center. These units offer a diverse opportunity for reaching across the state to deliver information on climate and other issues.
The Colorado Water Institute (CWI) is a key contributor to climate smart agriculture. CWI, an affiliate of Colorado State University, exists for the express purpose of focusing the water expertise of higher education on the evolving water concerns and problems being faced by Colorado citizens in the 21st century.
CSU Extension is a local community connection for university research, information, education, expertise and youth programs. Extension delivers research and local education designed to assist and inform Coloradans living in both urban and rural communities.
Climate Smart Initiatives & Stories
Key CSU Climate Smart Contacts
Scott Denning, College of Engineering
Dennis Ojima, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Keith Paustian, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Brad Udall, Colorado Water Institute
Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute
More Climate Smart Agriculture Links and Resources
Climate Change and Agricultural Extension (University of Iowa Extension, 2016)
Resources from the American Meteorological Society