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Southwestern Colorado Research Center

Like most of Colorado, the SWCRC is unique in its climate, elevation, and crop portfolio. We are interested in diversifying our crop growing potential to meet the needs of our growing population and changing climate. Our research covers work on irrigation and harvest techniques, soil development and preservation, and optimizing crop plant productivity for high-elevation regions.

Research and Engagement

We work with local growers and extension programs to stay informed on the most pressing needs in our region. Water and soil conservation are at the forefront of our work as we develop new crop varieties, including tree fruits, specialty berry and grass varieties. Alongside research scientists, our students become part of our research team, engaging with our industry partners, and local growers. We feel it’s the best way to learn the vital skills to build a stronger agricultural future for our region.

Upcoming Center Events

Guest column: A brighter future for agriculture and for our planet

"What does the future hold? Opportunity beckons on the horizon, and in its light, we visualize the best of what life can be." The post Guest column: A brighter future for agriculture and for our planet appeared first on College of Agricultural Sciences.

EPA Deputy Administrator visits CSU to learn about climate-smart agriculture research

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe and other EPA staffers visited the Agricultural Research and Development Center to learn more about CSU's commitment to advancing the science of sustainable agricultural systems and accelerating agriculture’s climate resiliency. The post EPA Deputy Administrator visits CSU to learn about climate-smart agriculture research appeared first on College of Agricultural Sciences.