Chad Kruger


Chad Kruger is the Director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). In that capacity he oversees CSANR research and extension efforts ranging from organic farming to climate change to small farms. Since 2004 he has led CSANR’s award winning Climate Friendly Farming Project which focuses on evaluating the carbon footprint of agriculture, developing greenhouse gas mitigation technology, climate change impact assessment, and developing renewable fuels and products from biomass. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he completed an M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has served on the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup; the 2010 Washington State Climate Change Working Lands Technical Advisory Group; the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel; and the Northwest Regional Biocarbon Initiative. He is currently a Douglas County Water Conservancy Board Commissioner, a member of the Washington Department of Natural Resources Expert Council on Climate Change, a steering committee member for the USDA Northwest Climate Hub, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Northwest Environmental Forum. He was raised in Washington State and has family roots in agriculture in both Eastern (wheat and cattle near Spokane) and Western Washington (berries in Whatcom County).

Honors and Awards: WSU Earth, Ecosystem and Society Fellow (2012-2014), WSU CAHNRS Interdisciplinary Team Award (2011); USDA NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models (2009); WSU Extension Big Cat Award (2007)

Areas of interest: agriculture and climate change, agricultural energy, water for agriculture, farm and food waste management

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16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
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