Our Thematic Priorities

College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Plan 2022-2025

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Innovating Local and Global Food Systems

We are modernizing the safety, quality, sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of food systems to achieve healthy communities, economies and individuals.

We utilize cutting edge research, education and community engagement to advance science, inform policy and improve access to nutritious food in Colorado and worldwide.

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Advancing the Science of Regenerative Agricultural Systems

We are a leader in applying a rigorous scientific framework to the analysis, development and implementation of diverse regenerative agricultural systems.

We adopt a collaborative community driven approach to help increase the availability of affordable, fresh, nutritious food while restoring the health of our communities, soils, water and air.

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Accelerating Agriculture’s Climate Resiliency

We empower and accelerate breakthrough discovery in the adaptation of plants, animals and ecosystems through an unprecedented convergence of disciplines and integration of basic and applied research.

We cultivate critical partnerships and provide world-class facilities that will spur talent development and inspire groundbreaking innovation.

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Nurturing Human Wellness and Thriving Communities

We foster resilient communities by nurturing the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, plants and the environment through the experience of agriculture, landscape and natural resources.

We improve the societal well-being of people and communities by creating and sharing tools and information aimed to solve economic, managerial, educational and policy-related problems within agri-food and resource systems.

Thematic Priority Spotlight

Advancing the Science of Regenerative Agricultural Systems

How will we accomplish this?

We Will:

  • Partner with CSU colleagues, peer institutions and leading organizations in this field to advance definitions and discovery in the science of regenerative agriculture
  • Make strategic investments in research and engagement to support the collaborative development and testing of novel solutions
  • Develop curriculum and co-curriculum that is well integrated with research and engagement activities, with an emphasis on water-limited, semi-arid systems
  • Advance stakeholder performance and longevity through cutting-edge research, practice and adoption
  • Support the growth of existing enterprises and new startups that enable regenerative agriculture

How will we know we’re successful?

We Will Have:

  • Established a variety of strategic partnerships to continually advance scientific discovery
  • Grown our research presence, productivity and performance across diverse contributing disciplines
  • Placed an increasing number of graduates who contribute to the field of regenerative agriculture
  • Accelerated enterprise development and the adoption of technology and practices at scale, with positive impacts to diverse stakeholders and communities
  • Achieved public and industry recognition of our research and teaching leadership in this area

How we think about Regenerative Agriculture

At Colorado State University, we have always been invested in having a safe, secure and sustainable food supply. We are now taking this work a step further by adopting a systems approach that extends beyond sustainability to leaving things better than we found them. We are thinking about regenerative as more than just the biological aspects of agricultural and natural resource systems – our work must deliver value for all stakeholders across the supply chain, while building the capacity of people and communities to become healthier and more just in the process.

PRINCIPLES

  • Minimize soil disturbance
  • Plants in the ground year-round
  • Integrate livestock

CONTEXT-SPECIFIC PRACTICES

  • No-till
  • Conservation Tillage
  • Cover crops
  • Multi-season rotation
  • Cover crop grazing
  • Residue grazing
  • Managed intensive grazing

DESIRED OUTCOMES

  • Soil Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity
  • Efficient nutrient cycling
  • Yield consistency
  • Reduced input costs
  • Increased revenue
  • Market premium
  • Payments for ecosystem services

BARRIERS TO ADOPTION

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Economic