Centers and Institutes

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly is providing a focal point to attract expertise for multidisciplinary approaches to address the challenges of agriculture through education, research, and outreach in the California State University system.

Agricultural Research Institute

The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) exemplifies the California State University System (CSU) working for California through university-industry partnerships. ARI provides a diversified, multi-campus applied research program that annually matches $4 million in State General Funds with at least one-to-one external support for research on high-priority issues facing California agriculture.
Cal Poly Agricultural Research Institute

Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The mission of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication is to create a bridge of communication between the agricultural industry, the media and the public.

California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops

The California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops (CISSC) was established in July 2003 with a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Buy California program.  CISSC's mandate is to conduct applied research on economic and public policy issues related to California a specialty crops' competitiveness; conduct outreach to disseminate research findings among agricultural organizations and associations, legislators, policy makers, government agencies, and other stakeholders; and provide hands-on educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Sustainability

The Center for Sustainability's purpose is to advance sustainable food and agriculture systems through education, demonstration of sustainable agricultural practices, investigation, and facilitation of collaborative efforts for sustainability, both on campus and in our community. Above all, the Center for Sustainabilty is a network of individuals interested in sustainable agriculture. Center for Sustainabilty programs provide a forum in which people share ideas on how we can strengthen the sustainability of our food and agricultural system. Center for Sustainabilty projects have included everything from curriculum development for Cal Poly students, informational lectures for the general public, management of the Cal Poly Organic Farm, continuing education classes and professional development seminars.

Coastal Resources Institute

Dedicated to resolving issues involving the management of natural resources such as land, water, timber, flora and fauna. Coastal Resources Institute (CRI) provides a wide range of services, including management plans, habitat audits, environmental/social impact inventories and analyses, and policy planning. The following analytical services are available through CRI: general soil and plant tissue analysis; water analysis for trace metals, semi-volatile organics, pesticides, and other elements; genetic analysis for identification of natural populations of plants, animals, and microbes; and map and database creation, update, plotting, and analysis with Geographic Information Systems. Institute affiliates have access to a wide variety of laboratory and computer equipment, ranging from electronic spectrophotometers to computerized mapping and photo interpretation software.

Dairy Innovation Institute

The Dairy Innovation Institute (DII) supports the maintenance, growth and continued economic health of the dairy foods industry. The overall mission of the Dairy Innovation Institute is to support the maintenance, growth and continued economic health of the dairy foods industry. To accomplish this mission, the DII conduct timely research that provides the scientific and technological basis for new and improved dairy food products and processes which utilize dairy-based ingredients. Increase the number of well-trained students available to enter careers in the dairy industry and allied fields. Enhance technology transfer by offering short courses, symposia, and publications to the dairy/foods industry. Ensure that dairy products are safe, wholesome and nutritious.

Irrigation Training and Research Center

The Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) was established in 1989 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as a center of excellence, building on a history of contributions to the irrigation industry.

Cal Poly Strawberry Center

The Cal Poly Strawberry Center was established in 2014 as a one-of-a-kind concept rooted in the hands-on learning model that defines Cal Poly. The center focuses on applied research that incorporates both teaching and learning experiences for Cal Poly students, faculty and California strawberry farmers. The center is a joint partnership between Cal Poly and the California Strawberry Commission.

Swanton Pacific Ranch

Swanton Pacific Ranch is located in Santa Cruz County at the northern reaches of California's Central Coast and the Monterey Bay. The 3,200 acre property is a landscape composed of a majestic redwood forest, lush riverine ecosystems and expansive coastal grassland overlooking the bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute

The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute (UFEI) was developed by the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department faculty to address the increasing need for improved management of the urban forests in California.

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