College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation's leading research universities, with annual research expenditures above $300 million. Located in Fort Collins, CSU currently enrolls about 33,000 total students, including 4,000 graduate students and 580 Professional Veterinary Medicine students and has more than 1,800 faculty members working in eight colleges.

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University speaks to the institution’s land-grant mission through its economic impact, cutting-edge research and innovative education. The College offers nine undergraduate majors with 28 different concentration options as well as 39 graduate degree programs in five academic departments and is uniquely positioned to support meeting the global challenges of a growing population that seeks food safety, food security and wellness through the sustainable use of natural resources.


 Jay Ham   Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Jay Ham

Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Special Content Session - University Showcase

Project:The internet of soil – how underground wireless  sensor technology will transform irrigation management

Underground wireless sensor networks could transform how we monitor soil conditions in the age of IoT and big data. Soil moisture is perhaps the most important factor governing crop production - especially in irrigated agriculture. Unfortunately, current methods for obtaining automated, internet-connected measurements of soil water are expensive and complex. This research project is developing novel soil moisture sensing techniques that use underground wireless communication – eliminating the need for aboveground infrastructure – and greatly simplifying the logistics of instrumenting a field with IoT sensors. The team seeks collaborators to develop this next generation technology and find use cases at commercial scales.