CATI is housed on California State University, Fresno's 1,100 acre University Farm Laboratory, considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the western United States. Fresno is located in the heart of California's major agricultural region, with the total gross production value of Fresno County agricultural products totaling nearly $3.1 billion in 1994.

Fresno has an area population of more than 600,000 and offers a host of year-around cultural, social, and recreational activities. It is within a short drive of three national parks --Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. Hotel facilities are located near the university campus and a modern airport makes Fresno an easy destination for domestic and international travelers.