is one of the largest and most widespread industries in
California, and it is a critical part of the state’s economy.
Almost every region of the state has a strong and distinctive
specialization in agriculture or in food and beverage manufacturing.
A knowledge-based industry like agriculture requires highly
skilled labor. Having professional workers skilled in agricultural
engineering and agricultural business is vital to the competitiveness
of the state.
California has more than four times as many people working
in agriculture/ forestry support activities than the country
as a whole.
Nearly three times as many people work in crop production
in California than in the country as a whole. Every region
of the state except Los Angeles has a distinct specialization
in agriculture, food, or beverage manufacturing. In certain
specialized majors like food and nutrition studies, agricultural
engineering, plant sciences, and horticultural services
operations and management, the CSU produces more than 90
percent of the state’s graduates.
CSU is a leader in applied research and industry partnerships
that promote the agricultural knowledge base—The
California Agricultural Research Initiative (CSU/ARI) is
an applied agricultural and environmental research program
that leverages public funding with university and industry
capital and intellectual collateral through collaborative
university/industry partnerships. CSU/ARI project themes
include agricultural business, biodiversity, biotechnology,
food science, natural resources, production, public policy,
water, and irrigation technology.