Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Creating Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Ag

The Diverse Markets for Climate Resilient Agriculture theme team will focus on supporting the development and expansion of markets for climate resilient cropping systems producing grains, pulses, and other row crops across the NW Mountain region. Building and expanding local, regional, and national markets for climate resilient grains, pulses and row crops requires market research, business development and value chain coordination across producers, processors, distributors, and buyers. The Diverse Markets team will perform a regional landscape analysis to identify key partners, market opportunities, infrastructure gaps and priorities for technical assistance and capacity building across the six-state region. Identifying and communicating climate resilient production practices will be a key component of market development. Coordinating and building partnerships with regional USDA Climate Smart Commodities grant recipients and other public and private organizations (Salmon-Safe, Farmed Smart, Shepherd’s Grain, etc.), will facilitate the identification of key attributes of climate resilient cropping systems that can be conveyed in the marketplace. Technical assistance and training for value chain participants will increase readiness for effective utilization of capacity building grants to perform market research, expand processing infrastructure, develop new products, engage in supply chain contracts and implement effective marketing campaigns.

Building and expanding local, regional, and national markets for climate-resilient grains, pulses, and row crops requires market research, business development, and value chain coordination across producers, processors, distributors, and buyers. There is a great deal of breeding, agronomic and soil work already focused in this space, but the post-farmgate processing, marketing and management decisions to complement that work are lacking.

The Center provides value chain participants with the skills and resources to perform market research, expand processing infrastructure, develop new products, engage in supply chain contracts, and implement effective marketing campaigns, including:

  • Conduct a regional landscape analysis to identify and shape technical assistance and capacity-building priorities for the region
  • Identify, communicate, and educate on climate-resilient production practices
  • Coordinate and build partnerships with recent regional USDA Climate Smart Commodities grant recipients and other public and private organizations
  • Identify key attributes of climate-resilient cropping systems that can be conveyed and potentially valued at a premium
  • Provide technical assistance and training to increase grant funding efficacy

Our Team

Colette DePhelps

University of Idaho Extension

Martha Sullins

Colorado State University Extension
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