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Conducting Research

The R.J. Cook Agronomy Farm (CAF) is a long-term agroecological research (LTAR) site with a focus on sustainable intensification in the dryland cropping region of the Inland Pacific Northwest. The CAF is composed of various organizations, including the USDA-ARS Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystems Research (NSARU) unit and university partners, and is greatly enhanced by its private/public collaborations. We welcome any research proposals that help our goals of bettering precision and conservation agriculture and synergistic cropping system intensification and diversification.

Note: The R.J. Cook Agronomy Farm is also the title of a Washington State University (WSU) research farm where some of the research occurs and where the CAF LTAR site takes its name from. Permission to conduct research at R.J. Cook Agronomy Farm locations outside the control of the NSAR unit should be sought from the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

To ensure collaborative projects align with the goals of the CAF, and to ensure the safety and longevity of the humans and data involved, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

Submit a Project Proposal

The first step to conducting research in collaboration with the R.J. Cook Agronomy Farm is to submit a research proposal using this form:

Project Collaboration Proposal

Completing this form will help initiate a discussion with CAF scientists to ensure your research can be accommodated. 

One or more CAF scientists will reach out to you after reviewing the contents of your proposal and arrange a meeting to discuss details. Following this discussion, if all members agree to move forward with the project, a second form will need to be completed to register your project.

Please submit your proposal well in advance of the time you would like to begin the project if approved, at least one month.  The discussions and possible planning may take some time depending on the scope of the project.