College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems

An Interdisciplinary Program

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Overall Goals for CESFAS:

  1. Develop transdisciplinary collaborations among university faculty with industry partners to identify and work on research and educational needs in the areas of sustainable food and agricultural systems.
  2. Conduct innovative research that supports value-added agriculture.
  3. Provide practical, research-based education to students to develop workforce-ready graduates with the training and skills needed to support food and value-added agricultural industries.
  4. Become a hub for collecting and disseminating current livestock production, plant production, food safety, food science, food technology, food bioprocessing, and value-added food and agribusiness entrepreneurship information and training.
  5. Foster communication between industry and education and disseminate information that will consistently serve as a resource to the agricultural industry, the community, and the K–20 educational system.

CESFAS Seed Grant Award 2020-2021

Investigating Robotic Technology for Sustainable Chile Production and Harvest in New Mexico

Principal Investigators (PIs)

  • Stephanie Walker (Extension Plant Sciences)
  • Manoj Shukla (Plant & Environmental Sciences)
  • Mahdi Haghshenas-Jaryani (Mechanical Engineering)

Researchers received roughly $69,000 to carry out their project this year. Joining the NMSU College of ACES and NMSU College of Engineering together to work collaboratively in sustainable agriculture.


Agricultural Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet society’s food, fuel, feed and fiber needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In order to sustain human communities and the environments in which they live, food and agricultural systems must be environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible.


Project Collaborators/Partners:

  • NMSU College of Engineering
  • NMSU College of Business
  • NM Chile Industry