Public Affairs

CSU Receives Federal Funding for Agricultural Research Initiative

October 19, 2009
By Erik Fallis

Four California State University System campuses (Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Pomona and Chico) and the CSU's numerous research partners are celebrating the inclusion of $693,000 for the Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI) in federal appropriations for 2010.


The ARI focuses on new and promising technologies that have the potential for improving food safety, environmental stewardship, economic performance, and long-term sustainability of California's agriculture industry. The initiative also helps to foster and build upon university-industry partnerships while increasing the reach of publicly funded research.

The funding approved by Congress last week represents part of a sustained commitment to ARI by the federal government, which has awarded the program nearly $3 million over the past five years.  The steady level of support enhances state and industry investments in ARI, and indicates the importance of this field of study and the work of the initiative.

This year ARI’s funding was sponsored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and Representatives Capps, Cardoza, Costa, Farr, Napolitano, Schiff and Mike Thompson. The agricultural appropriations bill was sent to President Barack Obama and is expected to be signed. 

About the CSU Agricultural Research Initiative
The ARI leverages state, federal and industry resources to support the immediate and ongoing need for quality applied agricultural and environmental research, development, education, outreach, and technology transfer activities for the benefit of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers.  Additionally, CSU faculty and students benefit from hands-on applied research experiences, which are directly applicable to the industry and of value to society.  ARI competitively funds science and best management research related to climate change, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon sequestering; food safety and security; water quality, infrastructure, and conveyance; and public health and welfare.  Most funded research takes place in California, but results are available in the public domain, and are applicable to improving agriculture and environmental practices throughout the nation, and increasing industry, consumer, and public policy makers' accessibility to "real time" scientifically based information about pressing issues.