Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities


Enable applied research – through the power of the California State University (CSU) system – that benefits California agriculture, natural resources and food systems while cultivating the next generation of agricultural leaders.


The Agricultural Research Institute will be a leading catalyst for timely, applied research and student development making California’s agriculture, natural resources and food systems more resilient and sustainable.


At ARI, we value:

  • Innovation: We seek knowledge breakthroughs through innovative thinking, ideas and approaches.
  • Collaboration: We work with a variety of partners who share our commitment to making California’s agriculture and food systems more resilient and sustainable.
  • Engagement: We involve students, faculty and various stakeholders in dialogue and solution creation.
  • Scientific Integrity: We fund sound, peer-reviewed science held to the highest standards of ethical conduct, transparency and best practices.
  • Accountability: We are responsible and efficient stewards of public funds and trust.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We seek out a diversity of ideas, disciplines and backgrounds.


  1. ​Set research focus areas and align the organization – including its processes – to support those focus areas and the vision.
  2. Communicate with and engage key stakeholder groups in collaborative strategies supporting the vision.
  3. Develop and implement long-term sustainable funding and faculty capacity strategies.