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 Impacts

The Food System Research Team focuses on understanding processes of community development in rural regions, with an emphasis on identifying strategies to support entrepreneurship, improve agribusiness performance and enhance community based food systems.

Regional 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.

Educational Impacts

Educational opportunities include graduate programs for farmers and ranchers, grant writing workshops, cottage food safety training, and food and ag business training courses.

Programs and Initiatives