The Climate-Smart Agriculture initiative at Colorado State University is a collaboration through the Office of Engagement to provide research-based information for agricultural producers. The goal is to improve the resiliency of farms and ranches, and the overall food system, in a changing climate.

The Office of Engagement includes the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State University Online, the Office of Community and Economic Development and the Northeast Regional Engagement Center. Additionally, the Office of Engagement is a partner with USDA’s Northern Great Plains Climate Hub. These units offer a diverse opportunity for reaching across the state to deliver information on climate and other issues.

What is Climate-Smart Agriculture?

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach for developing agricultural strategies to secure sustainable food security under climate change. CSA aims to tackle three main objectives:
1. Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes;
2. Adapting and building resilience to climate change; and
3. Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible
However, it is important to note that CSA is not a set of practices that can be universally applied, but rather it is an approach that involves different elements embedded in local contexts. CSA relates to actions both on-farm and beyond the farm, and incorporates technologies, policies, institutions and investment. The primary difference between CSA and conventional agriculture is an explicit consideration of climactic risks.

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