Jordan College Receives Grants for Research and Training |

FRESNO STATE – The Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology at Fresno State received two of nine grants awarded nationally by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand efforts to educate students and conduct agricultural research and other activities.

The college received nearly $900,000 of the $4 million in Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Subsidized Agricultural Colleges. The goal is to help these colleges develop the infrastructure to do agricultural research and to teach and conduct outreach activities while increasing professional development opportunities for faculty and increasing the number and diversity of graduates. skilled people entering the industry.

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Dr Joy Goto.

“These two grants represent the hard work of grant writing by Drs. Licon, Pheasant, and Brillante, as well as our pre-award grant research administrators, Maral Kismetian and director Doug Carey,” said Dr Joy Gotoacting dean of the Research and Graduate Studies Division at Fresno State. “Research infrastructure is absolutely critical to the success of our grants, as it supports not only faculty and student researchers, but also the administration of grant activities, before and after award. »

The grants were awarded to the following college in Fresno State:

$750,000 to Dr. Carmen Licon, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Nutrition.

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Dr. Carmen Licon.

Dr Licon and Dr. Susan Pheasantdirector of the Institute for Food and Agriculture at Fresno State, in partnership with the California Dairy Innovation Center and Leprino Foodswill lead an effort to strengthen the Food and Dairy Processing Program in Fresno State.

There are plans to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to expand production at the Fresno State Creamery and to increase the knowledge and skills of the students who will be part of the dairy and food workforce of tomorrow.

Paid internships are planned for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the development of regional conferences, workshops, webinars and short courses in which students and faculty can participate. The program will also provide technical and outreach assistance to dairy companies.

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Another part of the project is to establish an institute for the development of ethnic and specialty dairy products to create new and culturally diverse dairy products to meet the changing trends in the region.

“I have no words to express how happy and excited we are,” Dr. Licon said. “It really complements what we are building for the long term. This project is part of a long-term vision for Fresno State. This is not a program that will end in the next three years. Our mission is to work for the dairy industry and our long-term students.

Drs. Licon and Pheasant have worked over the past few years to elevate and improve dairy business innovation in the state of Fresno by upgrading facilities, but also working to position students, faculty and staff to support partners. industry in the new Pacific Coast Coalition for dairy processors. This latest grant will help increase this effort.

$149,943 to Dr. Luca Brillante, Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Bronco Wine Company Chair of Viticulture.

Image by Dr. Luca Brillante.

Dr. Luca Brillante.

Dr. Brillante will focus on spatial analysis of plants and soil with the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment that will allow faculty and students to do innovative research on campus.

This means using high-tech remote sensing applications and other technologies to determine whether or not plants need additional resources, such as more water or fertilizer.

“Agriculture in the Central Valley and the USA is characterized by large areas. It is impossible for managers to examine each factory individually. When the soil or climate changes – even within the same block – plant performance also changes. said Dr. Brillante. “To grow more with less, it’s important for us to assess the spatial variability of field conditions and understand where plants need additional resources and where they don’t.

Currently in college, we are developing innovative systems using artificial intelligence and hyperspectral detectionthat can achieve an unprecedented level of monitoring and mapping agricultural features.

Image of someone holding a large handful of grapes.

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He adds that there is a growing industry behind these services and farmers are beginning to take advantage of new technologies in production competitions.

“We want to empower our students to know what these techniques are,” Dr. Brillante said, “how to harness them, and do internships in innovative companies and empower some of the research to improve the ability to agriculture to obtain this information on agricultural variability and resource use, to remain competitive in a global market and in the face of climate change.

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