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Ag One Foundation

Fresno State Soil Judging Team  Rodger Jensen waves to crowd at Fresno State Football game and American Pistachio Growers presents $5,000 check to the Aaron Judge All Rise Foundation

Our Mission

In 1979, several faculty, alumni and friends of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology had a million-dollar idea -- to start a foundation that would benefit, promote and support the college and its programs. The supporters set out to raise $1 million in permanent funds. Today, the Ag One Foundation has raised more than $30 million in endowed funds which are invested with the Fresno State Foundation.

Over the years, donors, board members and volunteers have made it possible to award some 5,500 students with over $10.2 million in scholarships and program support. For the 2024-25 academic year, Ag One has provided more than $1 million to deserving students and programs.

Ag One Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3).  Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Our tax ID number is 94-2685442.

Upcoming Events  

47th Annual Ag Boosters BBQ - September 8, 2024

53rd Annual Ag One Turf Day Golf Classic - October 18, 2024

Ag One Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon - October 30, 2024

Recent Events

Commencement - May 17, 2024

Stanislaus County Alumni and Friends Dinner - May 1, 2024

Northern San Joaquin Valley Alumni and Friends Dinner - April 25, 2024

Jordan Agricultural Research Center Showcase - April 2, 2024

Common Threads - March 13, 2024

Ag One Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon - January 31, 2024

Ag One Trap Shoot - January 11, 2024

West Side Alumni and Friends Luncheon - November 9, 2023

Professor Ken Heupel Memorial 

July 1, 1939 - June 13, 2024

                   Professor Heupel and Dr. Williams

On June 13, 2024, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Fresno State Family lost a passionate alumnus and professor, Kenneth Lee Heupel. Ken was born to Adam and Emma Heupel on July 1, 1939. He was the youngest of five siblings; Violet, Marvin, Lorraine and Leo. At a young age, he started showing swine with his brother, Marv, at numerous fairs and expositions.  His passion for agriculture flourished and decided to pursue a degree in agricultural education from Fresno State.  He earned his Master in Science degree in 1963.

While at Fresno State, he met the love of his life, Marlene Joy Webster.  They soon married and moved to Oregon where Ken began his highly distinguished 60 year career in agricultural education.  While in Oregon, their interest in the sheep business began. Soon after, they took the sheep with them and moved to Manteca, CA, where Ken continued to teach.  Several years later, they moved to Merced, CA, where they began to raise their family before moving to Le Grand, CA, in 1979, to expand their sheep business and start a family venture.  He eventually returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, where he taught classes for nearly 20 years in agricultural mechanics.  Ken  was born to teach and it showed in every student who crossed his path.  The Jordan College is honored he spent nearly 20 years teaching the next generation of agricultural teachers.

For more about Professor Heupel or to make a donation click here!

Jordan Agricultural Research Center

Bridging academic research with practical education

As the flagship university in the top agricultural region in the world, Fresno State is a fitting home for a world-class research center to discover and investigate the most advanced concepts and practices of agriculture, food and natural resources. The Jordan Agricultural Research Center at Fresno State fosters collaboration between some of the brightest minds in agriculture, engineering, science and mathematics. The 30,000-square-foot facility is reinventing Fresno State as a leading research institution for decades to come.


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