College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems

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Mission:

NMSU's Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems (CESFAS) will be the leader in building a vibrant agricultural economy by conducting innovative, transdisciplinary, collaborative research that facilitates and develops strong food and value-added agricultural businesses. The center will also provide interdisciplinary training and education to students to give value-added industries highly-skilled, workforce-ready employees. In partnership with industry, the CESFAS will help meet the complex challenge of feeding a growing global population using fewer natural resources.

CESFAS, established during the 2019 New Mexico legislative session, is leveraging resources of other NMSU units and industry to develop three interdisciplinary faculty positions to address critical gaps in research, Extension, and education in the areas of microbial food safety, food bioprocessing, and sustainable water systems.

CESFAS will address the complex issues of food and agricultural sustainability through transdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships and will build a vibrant food and agricultural economy in New Mexico through value-added research and education that contributes to the development of state-of-the-art agricultural and food industries.