Science in Action to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Systems
CSANR leads efforts in sustainable agriculture, food, and natural resource systems that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible.
To establish initial CSANR priorities, four statewide town hall meetings were held soliciting public input on critical issues and possible roles for the center. Common issues identified at the meetings included environmental and resource issues; food safety; agricultural labor economics; urban-rural communication and understanding; and the need for reliable and comprehensible information for growers and the public on alternative agricultural practices and crops.
As suggested by town hall participants, the CSANR’s role focuses on facilitation and networking, funding, and education. The CSANR facilitates new linkages and better communication between diverse interest groups, WSU units, growers, agencies, industry, environmental groups, and the public. It identifies funding sources, research gaps, and needs; coordinates research and education grant proposals; and facilitates and recommends new research and education programs that sustain agriculture and natural resources. The CSANR also provides factual information on relevant issues to a diverse audience through conferences, newsletters, on-farm documentation, tours, and projects.