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Former ag professor honored by alumni

Former Ag Professor Honored

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Plant Science Students earn top Honors at UC Davis Weed Day


Plant Science Students Honored

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Fresno County Farm and Nutrition Day Clovis Botanical Garden Ag One

Armando planting with kids

The Farm and Nutrition Day program provides basic and current 

facts about the agricultural industry, gives students and teachers the
opportunity to become familiar with food and animal production, and
allows personal contact with people in the industry. Their goal is to introduce children to the values of good health and nutrition habits, as well as educate them about agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley and their world. They help create a positive awareness among the
youth of all the contributions that agriculture makes to our community
and the economy. Nearly 2,300 third graders participated in the March 21 event.


Community Salute - Honors Phil Larson

phil larsonThe Department of Plant Science would like to congratulate John P. "Phil" Larson, a lifelong farmer, dedicated community leader and Fresno State alumnus, who was honored at the Ag One Community Salute on Friday, March 14, and thank him for establishing an endowment to support deserving students in our department.



Graduate Student Sonia Rios selected as a 2014 USDA/NIFA "Hispanics in Higher Education" Fellow

 Details can be found on page 96 of the following:

Sonia also won 1st place for her poster presentation at the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers-California/Nevada Annual Section Meeting in Tulare, CA for her poster "EVALUATION OF THERMAL AND MECHANICAL TOOLS OF WEED MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC VINEYARDS."


Dr. Timothy Spann joins the Department Faculty in fall 2014 as the Roger B. Jensen Professor in Pistachio Physiology and Pomology Plant Science

 For more information, please read the article here. 

Weed Science Professor and Graduate Students Earn Honors at the Annual California Weed Science Society Meeting 

 Anil and Students 1Front L-R: Rama Paudel, Elizabeth Mosqueda, Dr. Anil Shrestha and Sonia Rios. Back: Lalo Banuelos




Anil and Students 2

Front L-R: Rama Paudel, Hannah Pacheco, Dr. Anil Shrestha, Sonia Rios and Nadia Juarez. Back: Lalo Banuelos


The Department of Plant Science would like to CONGRATULATE the following individuals listed below for their outstanding efforts at the California Weed Science Society Meeting recently held in Monterey:
Dr. Anil Shrestha received one of two prestigious California Weed Science Society Award of Excellence for 2014 for his contributions to research, education and extension. The other recipient was Dr.Brad Hanson from U.C. Davis.
Plant Science Graduate student, Sonia Rios, tied for 1st place in the oral presentation competition with a student from U.C. Davis and Michelle Dennis (Fresno State) took 3rd place.
Graduate students Lalo Banuelos and Rama Paudel also gave oral presentations. Undergraduate students, Hannah Pacheco and Nadia Juarez competed in the poster competition.
Congratulations to everyone for doing a great job of representing Fresno State. We're very proud of all of you!


Plant Science Graduate Student Receives Travel Award

Sonia Rios, Fresno State Plant Science Graduate Student, was awarded one of six Weed Science Society of America Graduate Travel Award for the 2014 International Annual Meeting which will be held on February 3-6, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

CONGRATULATIONS Sonia for being selected for this highly competitive international award. Other award recipients are: Michael Ashworth - University of Western Australia, Kelli Belmont - University of Idaho, Dustin Houghton - Purdue University, Andrew Mckenzie-Gopsill - University of Guelph, and Destiny Palik - Ohio State University.

Sonia is working with Dr. Anil Shrestha at Fresno State and Mr. Steve Wright from the University of California Cooperative Extension, Tulare. She will be presenting her poster entitled “Screening for Glyphosate-Resistance in Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Populations of California's San Joaquin Valley.”

For more information regarding the WSSA, please view


2013 Ag Business of the Year - Gar Tootelian, Inc.


Congratulations to Karen and Greg Musson who have been very supportive of our Plant Science Department Program by providing scholarships, student travel support, student fellowship work experience and sponsoring our annual graduation banquet to recognize students for their hard work and efforts.

The addition of the Valley Farm exhibit at the Chaffee Zoo was one of Karen's many visions in serving the community.

We wish them continued success and appreciate everything that they do for our department, college, university and the community.


Asa-Cssa-Sssa International Meeting

Elizabeth and Students

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mosqueda for placing 2nd in the US at the President's Trophy Speech contest at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in Tampa, Florida in November, 2013. We're so proud of you and the team!


Bruce Roberts and Students

Touyee Thao was also selected to attend as a Golden Opportunity Scholar. Elizabeth, Helen Maka, Ashley Coleman, Mala To, Katie Asai, Vincent Servin II, Joel Talbot, Omar Carrillo, Mayra Guzman and Nadia Juarez along with their club advisor, Dr. Bruce Roberts, did a wonderful job of representing the Plant Science Club, Plant Science Department, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Fresno State at this international conference!