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 $4.37 million in State General Funds with at least one-to-one external support for research on high-priority issues facing California agriculture.

The ARI engages the collective expertise of the CSU’s four colleges of agriculture at California State University, Fresno; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and CSU, Chico along with CSU, Monterey Bay and Humboldt State collaboratively with faculty and research scientists from other CSU and University of California (UC) campuses, the USDA, and other State, Regional and Federal organizations. ARI’s research and technology transfer activities complement the basic research conducted by the nation’s land grant universities and aim to improve the economic viability and sustainability of California agriculture.

ARI Administration
California Polytechnic State University
Attn: Dr. Mark Shelton, Executive Director
One Grand Avenue
Building 11-211
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0250
Featured Project
Developing Crop Coefficients and Water Management Strategies for Vegetable Crops Grown on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley

To increase irrigation efficiency, limit crop water use, and maximize yield of vegetable crops grown on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Work will focus on 1) determining water requirements, 2)developing seasonal crop coefficients, and 3)eval ... more
Featured Project Director
Ramon Leon

California Polytechnic University, SLO

Expertise: Horticulture and Crop Science, weed management, agroecology, sustainable agriculture and rural development, citrus, corn, pastures, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, vegetables

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