Climate Friendly Farming

CSANR established the Climate Friendly Farming Project (CFF) in 2003 with a grant of $3.75 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to better understand carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems and to establish long-term agricultural research projects focused on improving the resiliency of agriculture to a changing climate. The early focus of the project was on dryland wheat, irrigated vegetable and dairy production systems. The CFF Project Team received USDA’s National Institutes for Food & Agriculture (NIFA) Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models in 2009.

Major Publications:

Climate Friendly Farming Final Report

Many publications, presentations, videos, webinars and posters have be produced by this program. To browse by topic, please view the Carbon Sequestration, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Anaerobic Digestion pages. All Climate Friendly Farming Program publications are available in the Publications Library.

Ongoing Efforts

The original vision for the project has massively expanded through additional funding and partnerships developed with other WSU units and regional research institutions, including the USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Idaho and Oregon State University. Additional and current efforts have expanded into assessment of climate impacts on Pacific Northwest Agriculture, water supply assessment, improving the carbon footprint of organic farming systems, extensive development of renewable energy and fertilizer recovery technology from organic wastes, additional research partnerships evaluating the intersection between agriculture and climate change, and a soon-to-be launched web portal for agricultural climate change science information for the region.

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Case studies to increase resilience among farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest

This case study series explores strategies that innovative farmers and ranchers in our region are already using, and which may be of interest to others. Each case study and its complementary video centers around the experience of a regional producer, and provide summaries of relevant biophysical, economic, and social science that help inform when and how these strategies might work in other places.

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