Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premiere land-grant teaching, and research, and extension universities with a total enrollment of over 30,000. The University consistently has been ranked as a top tier institution by U. S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges and Universities” and named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the top public universities in terms of educational quality and affordability. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of approximately 150,000, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness, making it an attractive and great place to live. CSU consists of eight colleges and more than 50 academic departments with the mission to provide a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, and public service. CSU provides national leadership in many disciplines, including veterinary medicine, agriculture, environment, energy, and water—all topics relevant to the Sustainable and Healthy Livestock Production Systems Collaborative (SLSC). Further, Fort Collins is home to numerous Federal and State Agencies, providing an outstanding opportunity to bridge synergies between government entities and academia.