Cal Poly awarded $39.5 million to aid long-term growth in agriculture

Funding will be used to modernize dairy production, processing facilities and enhance sustainable working landscapes on campus for the college's livestock.


Source: Cal Poly

via Beef Magazine - Aug 02, 2022


Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences was awarded $39.5 million in one-time state funding to build long-term stability for food, forestry and agricultural systems in the face of intensified weather events and changing climate patterns. The funding will assist in providing the infrastructure needed to build programs to teach future generations sustainable agriculture practices.


"The food, agriculture and environmental science industries foresee double-digit job growth over the next 10 years. Building climate resilience is critical to the future of farmers, food producers, and land, water and air resources," says Andrew Thulin, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. "Today's investment by Gov. Newsom and the state legislature in sustainable agriculture will benefit future generations by providing students entering the workforce with skills that make them ready to tackle the environmental challenges we're facing."


California's 2022-23 budget, signed by Newsom on June 30, includes $20.3 million in one-time general funds to rebuild Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch and $18.75 million of $75 million earmarked for California State University farms to make equipment and infrastructure improvements to the university's agricultural production units. State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), who chaired the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) worked directly with Cal Poly leaders to secure the funding.


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