Campus: Fresno State -- January 6, 2006

Federal government invests $1 million in Fresno-based Agricultural Research Initiative

The federal government is making a $1 million investment in the highly regarded California State University Agriculture Research Initiative (ARI) based at California State University, Fresno's California Agricultural Technology Institute. The money is part of the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Act signed by President Bush.

The ARI is an agricultural and environmental research consortium embracing California State University, Fresno (Fresno State); California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO); California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CSU Pomona); and California State University, Chico (Chico State). The initiative encourages and facilitates university-industry partnerships as well as partnerships with other university and professional scientists such as those at the University of California, UC Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI), a nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to improving California agriculture, provides central administration for ARI.

Since its founding in 1999, ARI has cultivated partnerships that pursue research, education, information dissemination, and technology transfer activities with a high probability of improving the economic efficiency, productivity, profitability and sustainability of California agriculture and its allied industries. ARI programs promote consumer-sensitive and environmentally sound food and agriculture systems and foster public confidence in food safety and in agricultural research and production systems.

Annually, ARI receives a $4 million allocation from the state General Fund budget, which must be matched at least one-to-one with other external funding. ARI allocates funds to encourage the CSU system and individual campuses through a combination of competitive research and capacity-building enhancements. Individual campus funding is allocated through the respective colleges of agriculture on a competitive basis and must be utilized for agriculture, allied businesses or natural resources applied research.

The CSU system has maintained a strong focus on agriculture and other key California industries through its communications and advocacy efforts in support of the CSU impact report.

For more information, please go to the ARI Web site at http://ari.calstate.edu.

Contact: Joe Bezerra, executive director, at 559.278.2361 or joe_bezerra@csufresno.edu


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