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

AIM 1: Algae Production & Nutrient Management: To cultivate algae in dairy freestall barn flushwater, converting nutrients into an algae feed crop with potential productivity >10-times the rate of corn production, optimize flushwater treatment, and s ... more
Featured Project Director
Dr. Mechel Paggi
Director of the Center for Agricultural Business
California State University, Fresno

Expertise: Agricultural Business; Extensive research activity and collaboration with agricultural economists in China; Familiar with US and Chinese policy associated with trade and exchange

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