Centers and Institutes

The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is known for bringing together industry, government and academia to address real-world issues through its multidisciplinary centers and institutes. 

Strawberry Center ›

The Strawberry Center is a partnership between Cal Poly and the California Strawberry Commission. The Center focuses on applied research in plant pathologyentomology and automation designed to reduce labor inputs. The Center conducts disease diagnostics on hundreds of strawberry plants each year. Students have opportunities to prepare for careers in agriculture by participating in the “Strawberry Academy” designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities in strawberry production and research.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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