Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP): Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems

Date established
Layman name: Sustainable Corn CAP Program Area Code and Priority: A3101 Regional Approaches to Climate Change

USDA-NIFA Award No. 2011-68002-30190
Award Date: March 1, 2011

Project Director: Lois Wright Morton, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University,

Project Manager: Lori Abendroth, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University,, 515.294.5692

Project Overview

The Sustainable Corn Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) team was a transdisciplinary team funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). The team spanned 9 states, 11 institutions, 140 members and was funded from 2011 to 2017. The project team was awarded funding for five years with a six-year extension provided to finish the scope of work. The team assessed the environmental, economic and social impacts of climate variability on corn-based cropping systems. The project focused on ways to encourage resilient decision-making, maintain yields and reduce environmental impact. The team has a legacy website ( which includes further details regarding the team's efforts in research, extension, and education. The website is no longer maintained and does not include all content produced by the team.


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