Centers and Institutes: Food Security

Colorado State University is a leader in Food Security research.


Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program

The Colorado State University Livestock-Climate Change CRSP aims to reduce vulnerability, increase adaptive capacity, and augment the income of livestock producers in regions where agricultural systems are changing, available resources are shrinking, and climate is having an impact.

Website: http://lcccrsp.org/

Co-Manager: Richard A. Bowen, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Co-Manager: Shana Gilette, Department of Clinical Studies

Center for Agricultural Energy (CAE)

Colorado State University Extension and CSU’s College of Engineering established the Center for Agricultural Energy (CAE) in order to “empower agricultural producers in Colorado to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions”. 
Co-Director: Mike Kostrzewa
Co-Director: Cary Weiner

Center for Fair and Alternative Trade

CFAT projects & publications focus on local, national, & global market-based approaches to alleviating poverty & promoting sustainable development.

Website: http://www.cfat.colostate.edu/

Co-Director: Douglas Murray
Co-Director: Laura Raynolds

Center for Sustainable Integrated Pest Management in Colorado

The IPM program is focused on management of pests in production agricultural systems, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.

Website: http://coloradoipmcenter.agsci.colostate.edu/

Director: Deborah Young

Crops for Health

This is a unique transdisciplinary research program with the goal to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby rescuing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population, but specialty crops are also investigated. The program deals with problems at the interface of agriculture and human health, and one critical step to assist with the developing of sustainable solutions to these global problems will be the Crops for Health Research Working Groups.

Website: http://www.cropsforhealth.colostate.edu/

Principal Investigators – Elizabeth Ryan, Clinical Sciences; Henry Thompson, Horticulture; and Barbara Wallner, School of Education.

Food, Energy and Waste

The Food, Energy and Waste team’s activities will focus on identifying viable solutions to global food, energy and environmental crises.

Principal Investigators - Susan De Long, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Thomas Bradley, Principal Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Global Soil Sustainability Working Group

The mission of the Global Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.

Website: http://globalsoils.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators – Rich Conant, NREL; Diana Wall, NREL; Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Francesca Cotrufo, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Lee Sommers, Soil Microbiology and Chemistry; Gene Kelly, School of Agricultural Sciences; and Joe von Fischer, Department of Biology.

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University.  Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Website: http://nrel.colostate.edu

Director: John Moore

Rocky Mountain Center for Crop Biosecurity

The center provided early detection, rapid diagnosis and response to potential acts of crop bioterrorism against plants and crops in the Rocky Mountain area and adjacent High Plains.

Co-Director: Howard Schwartz
Co-Director: William Brown Jr.

Western Center for Integrated Resource Management

Modern agricultural production and land resource management requires sustainability, profitability and innovation. To train future managers, CSU created the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management. The long term goal of the Western Center is to “improve the competitive position and sustainability of independent livestock producers and the economic and environmental health of rural communities.”

Website: http://www.wcirm.colostate.edu/

Director: Gordon Niswender