Regenerative Agriculture Initiative


CSU, Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI) promotes regenerative farming practices capable of drawing down legacy greenhouse gases levels, restoring soil resiliency, increasing the economic viability and sustainability of farms/ranches, and addressing food insecurity.

On-Farm Transition Program

farmer with sheep

Effective demonstrations, on-farm field days, and farmer to farmer mentors.

On-Farm Applied Research Program

student with a hose at farm

This program is focused on building soil and sequestering carbon (farmer driven).


students by chico state farm

We are creating the Journal for Regenerative Agriculture to educate students, farmers, academics, and consumers about the RA impacts for on-farm profitability and ecological services.

The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative is comprised of a working group of multi-disciplinary faculty who have come together to develop collaborative research and teaching strategies for primary purpose of drawing down legacy levels of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration and ecosystem service restoration. This science based effort will have far reaching implications across disciplines in areas of climate and food policy, agricultural husbandry practices, food justice, business models, as well as local food sheds.  The intent of this group is to spur the creation of an educational focus investigating agriculture that restores climate stability from a transdisciplinary perspective and ultimately to share best practices from the initiative’s research efforts with society and the broader agricultural community.