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California Agricultural Technology Institute Research Units

Center For Agricultural Business

Ag Business Conference

The Center for Agricultural Business (CAB) plays a vital role in helping California's agribusinesses meet the challenges posed by a changing and increasingly competitive world. Serving as an independent and nationally-recognized research facility, the center offers resources, economic information and expertise to help address the issues facing production agriculture and related agribusiness industries.

CAB activities address all major components of agriculture and agribusiness, including production agriculture, processing, distributing and marketing, management, and policy-making. Research and training efforts focus on issues such as international trade and export marketing, water and energy management, and farm labor and personnel management. CAB works closely with faculty from Fresno State‚Äôs Department of Agricultural Economics to conduct many of its activities. The center sponsors training sessions, workshops and forums designed specifically for the agricultural community.


Center for Irrigation Technology

CIT Testing Researcher working

The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) is an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility, and educational resource center based at Fresno State. It is the only independent laboratory in the United States specializing in testing and evaluating irrigation equipment and plays a leading role in the development of national and international standards for irrigation equipment and testing procedures. More than 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space is available for research and development for both public agencies and private businesses.

Testing and training activities are conducted by full-time staff technicians under the leadership of the center director. University professors, staff and students also use the facilities to conduct specialized research projects. CIT irrigation and engineering specialists offer seminars, workshops, study tours and customized training programs to domestic and international clients.