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*Important Notice Regarding COVID-19 Campus Closures*

As of March 18th, 2020 our staff will be working remotely per Governor Newsom's order for Californians to shelter in place due to concerns over COVID-19. We are reachable by email during this time and we will continue to update this page with any changes. Please go to the Contact Us page to find individual staff contact details


Our Focus

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.

IFA faculty and staff research fellows pursue applied research opportunities specifically within agribusiness, food science and nutrition, animal science, ag education, child and family studies, and entomology.  

IFA works hand-in-hand with faculty and industry leaders to disseminate research findings through workshops, trainings, conferences, and various publications.  Recent/on-going outreach and training events include Calf Health, Livestock Artificial Insemination, Salumi 101, International Restaurateurs Study Tour, and Dairy Lab Skills Enrichment Workshop, Fresno State Opening Weekend of Corn, Bulldog BBQ Bootcamp, Cochran Research Study Tours, and more. Additionally, we host an annual Agribusiness Management Conference in November.

Our students, faculty and staff would be happy to work with you to address research needs

  • New product development 
  • Product testing/contract research
  • Address an industry research priority
  • Field/Product demonstrations
  • Determine economic feasibility of an idea


 Centers within Jordan College’s California Agricultural Technology Institute

Within Jordan College, there are three centers: IFA (Institute for Food and Agriculture), VERC (Viticulture and Enology Research Center), and CIT (Center for Irrigation Technology).  The vision of these three centers is to collaboratively position Fresno State as being recognized as the “go to” university campus for applied agricultural research leveraging faculty expertise, student engagement, University Agricultural Laboratory (“the farm”), research facilities (JARC) and industry partnerships.

We facilitate applied research opportunities specifically embracing Agribusiness, Animal Science, Ag Education, Child and Family Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Industrial Technology, Plant Science and Viticulture & Enology.

The Center for Irrigation Technology

Independent research and testing facility assisting designers, users, and manufacturers of irrigation equipment to achieve technological advances.

Institute for Food and Agriculture

Collaborates with agribusinesses to conduct applied research/trainings leveraging faculty expertise, student engagement, research facilities and the university agricultural laboratory.

Viticulture and Enology Research Center

 Serves the grape and wine industry by developing and applying new and emerging technologies in viticulture, enology and their related disciplines.


In the News

Congratulations to Dr. Todd Lone, Dr. Katy Tarrant, and  Dr. Aimee Rickman on their promotions to tenured assistant professors! 

Congratulations to Dr. Srinivasa Konduru and Dr. Pei Xu as well, for their promotions to full professorship! 


Presidents Commission

President's Commission  

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.




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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.