As an independent research facility, the Institute for Food and Agriculture (IFA) plays a vital role in helping California's agribusinesses meet the challenges posed by an ever-changing and increasingly competitive world. With over 400 different agricultural commodities commercially produced in Fresno County, there are endless opportunities for applied agricultural research, educational outreach and hands-on interactive learning.
We facilitate applied research opportunities specifically embracing Agribusiness, Animal Science, Ag Education, Child and Family Science, Industrial Technology, Plant Science and Viticulture & Enology. IFA works hand-in-hand with faculty and industry leaders to disseminate research findings through workshops, trainings, conferences, and various publications.
Centers within Jordan College’s California Agricultural Technology Institute
Institute for Food and Agriculture
Vision Behind the Centers
The vision behind these three centers is to recognize Fresno State as the “go to” university campus for applied agricultural research, leveraging faculty expertise, student engagement, university agricultural laboratory (school farm), research facilities (JARC) and industry partnerships.
President Joseph I. Castro created the President’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture at Fresno State. This commission was developed to link Fresno State’s agricultural programs with science, mathematics, engineering, business, and other disciplines at the university to best serve the ever-changing agricultural industry. Research conducted in the JARC is just one example of how we put this commission into action.
Jordan Agricultural Research Center
In the top agricultural region in the world, Fresno State is home to a world-class research center where students and faculty discover and investigate the most advanced concepts and practices of agriculture, food and natural resources.
This 30,000-square-foot research facility fosters collaboration between some of the brightest minds in agriculture, engineering, science and mathematics.