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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Colorado Agriculture Experiment Station quarterly newsletter. We hope this will be a productive new avenue to share ideas, news and perspectives between AES research centers and campus. We invite you to share your ideas on stories and improvements for future issues!

We want to open this issue with a tribute to the essential AES employees who have kept the AES system moving as a critical component of the Colorado food supply system. Your response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary. It took the entire team to help many of our employees shift to remote operations and continue research support services, field research and all of our CAES and CAESRC operations. Despite being in an uncertain and difficult time, we have already demonstrated how we can come together and overcome challenges we face. We will need to continue to rely on the strength of our community in the months ahead.

The CAS/AES system supports the food and agriculture industries that add over $40 billion annually to Colorado’s economy and employs an estimated 175,000 people. Research is essential to the success of these industries, and CAES provides critical information to the food production and processing sectors. Our stakeholders, in Colorado and around the world recognize CAES research and extension in in safe and sustainable food production systems. New breakthroughs and technology flowing from agricultural research form the foundation for current and successful future harvests. Our research center system, in large part because of our collaborative efforts, remains one of the strongest in the western U.S.

We want to build on these strengths and utilize this newsletter to share our challenges and approaches to meeting them across our system. We welcome you to participate. Be safe and well.

Sincerely,

Eugene Kelly, deputy director Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station

Troy Bauder, assistant deputy director Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station

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