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
805-756-6297
Featured Project
Program for Microbial Quality Improvements of Milk Powder Produced in California

To generate a method for easy detection and quantification of spore contamination of skim milk powder and to refine procedures to efficiency of spore removal. Efforts should improve quality and enhance California industry's standing in international ... more
Featured Project Director
Dr. Daniel Howes
Assistant Professor
Irrigation Training and Research Center BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Cal Poly State University

Expertise: Agricultural crop evapotranspiration estimation, GIS and remote sensing, on-farm irrigation system design, open channel flow measurement, and irrigation project modernization

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