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Azores meetingOn June 22, Fresno State President Joseph Castro signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Azores Angra do Heroismo campus on the island of Terceira. The academic exchange agreement will create agricultural opportunities for Fresno State students to study abroad in Portugal and for Portuguese students to experience Central Valley agriculture. The signing included a performance by the Livingston Philharmonic Band playing the Fresno State fight song to a packed house of mainly alumni and friends from the Central Valley(video here). Photographed signing the MOU (l-r) are Angra Mayor Alamo Meneses, representing the President of the Azores was Director of the Sea, Science and Technology Fausto Brito de Abreu, Pro Rector of the University of the Azores Susana Leal, Fresno State President Joe Castro and Tulare Angra Sister City Foundation representative David Mendonca. More on partnership here.




migs alumni Jordan College alumnus John Migliazzo, an attorney for the Michael J.F. Smith law office, started his one-year term on July 1 as the president of the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State. John received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications with an emphasis in public relations (cum laude) in 2007 and was a student senator. He then attended San Joaquin College of Law and received his law degree in 2010. He has been active in the community and the Ag One organization for many years, serving previously as vice president, treasurer and secretary.  Fellow alumnus Bill Purewal joins the executive committee as secretary. He is the owner of PureFresh Sales, a produce marketing company that handles a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables domestically and internationally. The Selma native graduated in 1998 with an agricultural business degree. Other new board members include John O’Rourke of RJO Produce (Fresno State, 1993); Jim Razor of J.G. Boswell Co. (Fresno State, 1990); Kristi Robinson (Cal Poly, 1999); Steve Spate, Raisin Bargaining Association (Reedley College, 1980); and Annie Stuhr, Fresno Madera Farm Credit (Fresno State, 2004).  More

Ag Boosters BBQ event September 11, 2016 marks the 39th annual Ag Boosters BBQ at Borba Ranch, Madera generously opened to us by Mark and Peggy Borba! You can purchase individual tickets or tables as well as our very popular Harvest Sponsorship online here or by calling the Ag One office at559.278.4266. Our committee has been busy planning an enjoyable evening for you and other industry representatives from throughout the Valley while raising support for higher education through Ag One at Fresno State and California Women for Agriculture (CWA)Gates open at 4 p.m, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please visit the Ag One website.


Salute almond farmerLast July, Ag One honored Central Valley almond farmer Antonio “Tony” Campos as the 2015 Community Salute recipient for his devoted service to California agriculture and the food systems industries as well as his commitment to the community. The successful event raised over $550,000 and drew nearly 1,000 guests, alumni and friends to celebrate Tony and the impact he has made in the world of agriculture. Proceeds from the event established the Ag One – Antonio “Tony” Campos Endowment providing $20,000 annually to support international experiences for deserving students in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. more


sweet Citrus Jim Marderosian, President of Bee Sweet Citrus visited the future home of the Jordan College's state-of-the-art citrus packing line. Bee Sweet has been instrumental in working with the Jordan College's Department of Industrial Technology as well as the Plant Science Department to share their guidance on cutting-edge technology in the citrus industry. A lab space located in the Industrial Technology building is currently being converted to house and operate a brand new citrus packing line. The state-of-the-art equipment will provide students majoring in multiple disciplines the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience with the latest technology in sorting and packing equipment. Visit our news story for more in the department of Industrial Technology.




Planting seeds of success…

Rodeo club The Jordan College's Bulldoggers Rodeo Team continues ongoing success in Casper, Wyoming last month. Freshman Brittany Dias (Hanford) and sophomore Colton Campbell (Klamath Falls, OR) led the team with top-four individual finishes at the 68th annual College National Finals Rodeo in June. Other Bulldoggers that placed well included junior Cynthia Konda (Terra Bella) in barrel racing, senior Tegan Turner (Lemoore) in goat-tying, sophomore Jamie Giefer (Springville) in the breakaway event and junior Dillon Hushour (Fairfield) in the steer wrestling competition. The rodeo team capped a successful year under the guidance of first-year coach Tony Branquinho, who joined the college last fall thanks to a gift from Central Valley Rodeo Inc. that will also pay for equipment and facility improvements. more




Plant Science Three Fresno State plant science seniors, Aldo Garcia, May Yang, and Yue Wu, were among six undergraduate students selected nationally to the Greenfield Scholar program by the American Society of Agronomy and the International Certified Crop Advisor program. The students, who are active members of the Fresno State Plant Science Club and Tri-Societies Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science Association, will travel to the society’s annual conference Nov. 6 to 9 in Phoenix with 7,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students, and will be matched with mentors to develop leadership skills. More





Wine fresno stateFresno State's 2013 Touriga earned a silver medal from Sunset magazine’s 2016 International Wine Competition last month and after winning several other awards recently (the vintage is nearly sold out). Fresno State wines have won 17 honors this year and more than 600 awards since 1997.more






Center of irrigation technology Fresno State's Center for Irrigation Technology staff members Bill Green, Tim Jacobsen and Kaomine Vang along with Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Dave Goorahoo made presentations in campus water research facilities and on the 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory to 21 different educators from around the nation. The academy offered information and training directed at developing irrigation topics in high school and community college agricultural education curriculum. Sessions covered agricultural sprinklers, pump efficiency, soil mapping and center pivot irrigation troubleshooting. more




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