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Environmental and agricultural research at centre of new Hutton-Utah State University partnership

Screenshot of virtual USU-Hutton partnership signing ceremony
"Everything from sophisticated vertical farming systems, which could be incredibly disruptive by making the growing of food independent from land and weather, through to regenerative agriculture and rewilding some of our land, these are all issues we are working on jointly"

A partnership agreement has been signed between Utah State University and the James Hutton Institute to promote cooperation in agricultural and environmental research, with emphasis on climate change issues.

The agreement was signed by Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, and USU President, Noelle E. Cockett, during an online meeting held to mark the occasion.

Established in 1888, Utah State University is one of the foremost institutions working on environmental issues in the US and the world, and its engineers, hydrologists, agronomists, sociologists, climate scientists, and other researchers across a range of disciplines work on projects in Africa, Latin America and countries throughout the Middle East.

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute similarly carry out research across a wide range of subjects related to climate change and land use and agriculture, in particular ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the changes that are taking place and make communities and society more resilient to these changes. Hutton scientists are also working to help the Scottish Government identify ways to meet its net-zero targets.

On behalf of the Institute, Professor Campbell said: “It is a pleasure to establish links with Utah State University as there is huge potential for collaboration.

“This partnership represents an excellent opportunity to realise scientific collaboration between world-leading science organisations working on similar issues but with many differences in geography and biodiversity that will stimulate lateral thinking. It is a privilege to be able to work with such a thriving research university known and respected around the world.”

Ken White, Dean of USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and Vice President for Extension, added: “This agreement provides new opportunities for USU’s faculty and students in critical, and globally important fields of research and reinforces the role of the College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences and Utah State University in research with important global impacts that focus on land, water and air quality.

“Certainly, the faculty and students in the Department of Plant, Soils, and Climate are having amazing impacts in these areas and this will help to expand those opportunities.” 

Ian Houston, president of the Scottish Business Network US and SBN Ambassador in Washington, DC, commented: “There is a tendency to think of agriculture as something of the past, but this business and research sector is vibrant, modern and innovative in the current global and local economy.

“This cooperative partnership between two first-rate entities in Utah and Scotland will reinforce that principle and truly deepen impact.”

Press and media enquiries: 

Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.