FRAMING THE FUTURE OF FOOD

Making global impact through local connections.

Food systems are defined as the connections between natural resources, the agricultural and food industry, and the buyers, consumers and communities to which they contribute. Research, extension and education identifies and informs opportunities to bridge how the production, supply chains, and eaters respond to changing markets, policy, and environment. At CSU, we focus on these three key areas to train, influence, and communicate opportunities to connect food related roles in achieving healthy communities, economies, and individuals.

Community-driven research impacts

The Food Systems Research team focuses on understanding processing of community development, especially in rural regions, with an emphasis on evaluating and identifying strategies that supportive improved social, environmental, and economic outcomes using cutting-edge inter-disciplinary quantitative and qualitative methods.
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EDUCATIONAL IMPACTS

Colorado State University Extension and Outreach Food System programs engage Colorado communities through county-based agents, regional specialists, and Extension faculty. We support community-based organizations, connect stakeholders to state and federal resources, and assist in developing local and regional supply chains. In addition, we train the next generation of agricultural and food systems professionals through graduate degree programs, beginning farmer/rancher and food entrepreneur programs, grant writing workshops, and food safety training.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Programs and Initiatives

Colorado Blueprint

The Blueprint Documents Key Assets, Emerging Issues, And Shared Priorities For Future Investments In Food And Agriculture Around The State
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Elevating Colorado Brewing Through Engagement And Research
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Urban-Rural Linkages

OUR RESEARCH QUESTION: What types of urban food policies, programs, and initiatives support farmers, ranchers, regional commmunities and economies?
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Farm to School

Research to help increase profitability, better food choices, and guide policy making decisions in rural communities.
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Market Channel Assessments

Graduate Programs

Colorado State University has several existing graduate programs that are disciplinary focused, but offer opportunities to explore food systems topics in an inter-disciplinary context
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Meat Supply Chains

Strengthening relationships between ranchers, processors, distributors, retailers, and consumers in Colorado.
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Colorado Building Farmers

Builds farmer capacity and community through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers and ranchers.
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Agritourism

An Integrated Look at Agritourism in the Western US
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Grant Writing Workshops

Focuses on effective grant-writing, including enhanced understanding of grant availability.
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General Food Safety Training

Resources and training to manage risk along the fresh produce supply chain
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Cottage Food Safety Training

Supporting value-added food producers in making safe products for sale throughout Colorado
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Food and Ag Business Training

Ogallala Water

Optimizing Water Use to Sustain Food Systems
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