Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

WSU scientist contributes to important soil carbon sequestration research

Kirsten Ball, a post-doctoral researcher with WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), is working to understand the short- and long-term potential for organic amendments to improve carbon storage in soils of agricultural systems.

Kirsten Ball bends over in a green field, next to a bucket.

WSU soil researchers seed long-term projects across Washington

Underfoot, soil supports and sustains us. But there’s a fair chance that the average person doesn’t think about the critical role of this vital natural resource in our food supply, environment, and economy.

In the background, a tractor plants wheat seeds.

Eyes in the sky help make streamside ecosystems more sustainable

WSU researchers are using satellites and drones to help local conservationists monitor areas near rivers and streams to help improve agricultural sustainability.

A drone flys low over a grassy field near a woman holding a small remote control.

Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop helps protect the soil

Growers and agricultural professionals in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho can learn the latest in soil health practices from experts at the Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop, March 12 to 14 in Pendleton, Ore. Co-hosted by Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), the workshop shares training on soil health practices, new […]

Head shot of Pipa Elias, keynote speaker for event.

Center marks two decades of science serving sustainable future

PULLMAN, Wash. – From compost trials in orchards in the early 1990s to recent research on sustaining agriculture in Africa’s ancient soils, Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources has been on the cutting edge of science in the service of a sustainable future for 20 years. This science in action will […]

New Washington State University Program Tackles Challenge of Developing Science-based Tools to Measure Sustainability in Ag and Food Systems

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new Washington State University program has been charged with developing science-based tools to measure the sustainability of food production systems. The program, called “Measure to Manage: Food and Farm Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health,” or M2M, just received a three-year, $240,000 grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation.