The California State University Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is a comprehensive applied agricultural and environmental research program joining the California State University's (CSU) four colleges of agriculture and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities.

The ARI fosters the development and evaluation of new and promising technologies that have the potential for improving food safety, environmental stewardship, economic performance, and long-term sustainability of California's agriculture industry. ARI projects and programs build upon a successful record of past applied research accomplishments and augment, enhance, and extend the basic research conducted by the nation's land grant universities.

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
Evaluation of Alternative Saline Drainage Water Disposal Methods

To monitor the impacts of saline water drainage into California’s Tulare Lake Drainage District resulting from conventional flood irrigation, compared to drainage from subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) methods. The study will include evaluation of thr ... more
Featured Project Director
Dr. Eric Houk
CSU, Chico

Expertise: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics with a focus on water.

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