Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
As Idaho’s statewide, land-grant institution, the University of Idaho is proud to address critical problems of worldwide importance through the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). Agribusiness is a critical part of Idaho’s diverse economy and an important employer. Livestock, dairy and food processing are growing sectors that intersect in challenging ways – in Idaho and beyond. CAFE relies on a partnership between education, industry and economic development stakeholders to conduct dynamic research and education. The center will be a leader in addressing constraints on water usage and environmental quality while supporting the agricultural sectors of dairy, livestock and cropland, as well as the food processing industries. Solutions to these complex problems start right here in Idaho, with Vandal expertise and partnership.
Chuck Staben, President
View the executive summary of the feasibility center for CAFE to learn more about the project.
The Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) aims to develop science-based answers to address issues faced by agriculture and food production systems in Idaho. Together with numerous partners, the University of Idaho will lead the Center to develop solutions and increase the economic viability and sustainability of agriculture.
Research at CAFE will cover a broad range of areas including:
- Nutrient and wastewater management
- Water use and protection
- Forage cropping and agronomy
- Soil health and fertility
- Odor and emissions control
- Production management
- Green energy production and energy-use conservation
- Value-added products
- Food safety
- Agricultural economics impact, sustainability and labor management
- Animal health, productivity and genetic improvement
- Precision agriculture and technology
- Agriculture commodity risk management
- Food Science and manufacturing