Chad Kruger is the leader of the Extension team, ensuring REACCH research is relevant to producers and stakeholders throughout the region. He brings personal and professional experience with northwest cropping systems and climate change effects.
Chad Kruger is the Director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). In that capacity he oversees CSANR research and extension efforts in Organic Cropping Systems, Biologically Intensive Agriculture, Climate Friendly Farming and Small Farms. For the past nine years he has led CSANR's USDA award winning Climate Friendly FarmingTM Project which has leveraged more than $26 million in funding for PNW agriculture and climate change research and extension in addition to the REACCH Project. CSANR’s CFF focuses on evaluating the carbon footprint of agriculture, developing greenhouse gas mitigation technology, climate change impact assessment, and developing renewable fuels and products from biomass. He co-leads the REACCH Extension Objective with Steve Petrie. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he completed an M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was a member of the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup, the 2010 Washington State Climate Change Working Lands Technical Advisory Group, a technical advisor to the Northwest Regional Biocarbon Initiative, and a member of the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel. Areas of interest: agriculture and climate change, agricultural energy, biomass energy and product recovery