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rodeoThe Fresno State Rodeo Team has a new coach because of a generous donation to support the program. Central Valley Rodeo, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, led by president Eddie Arakelian has pledged a five-year commitment allowing the Jordan College to hire alum Tony Branquinho, to lead the team. Tony comes from a family with strong roots in rodeo and a passion for education. He will work alongside faculty advisor, Dr. Art Parham and department chair, Dr. Randy Perry to continue to grow the success of these talented young men and women athletes. Cowboy hats off to Central Valley Rodeo, Inc. for helping to make this all possible. more
Young AlumniYoung alumni give back to support the Jordan College departments that shaped their futures. Previous Ag One scholarship recipient Amanda (Schott) Loehrer, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in Food, Science and Nutrition has established a scholarship to support students studying food science or culinology. Plant science graduate, Kevin Flynn (2012) has established a scholarship to support students pursuing a degree in Plant Science. Both Loehrer and Flynn are directing funds from their employer, The Wonderful Company. Animal Science graduate Michelle Yoshida (2009), who went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is funding a scholarship to honor her favorite professor, Dr. Scott Williamson. more
Hall & Del BosqueJordan College alumni Earl Hall (1964) and Joe Del Bosque (1975) were recognized for their contributions to the agricultural community on October 28. Hall Management Corporation of Kerman was honored by Baker Peterson Franklin with the Ag Business Award at the annual luncheon hosted by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. Joe Del Bosque of Firebaugh was awarded the Agriculturalist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber. Both honors commemorate their achievements as individuals and companies in the agricultural industry and their distinguished record of positive leadership and service to our community. Join us in congratulating them! more
Bob BoydFresno State's campus continues to grow and develop thanks in-part to alumnus, Robert Boyd, associate vice president for Facilities Management. Bob graduated in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Economics and began his career with the university as a student assistant. Bob's many talents and areas of service extend to the Ag One Foundation as an active member on the board of directors and committee member of the annual Ag Boosters BBQ. He is committed to building a place for our future generations and has overseen a multitude of improvements at Fresno State and the Jordan College, including the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center. We thank Bob for his tireless commitment to the university, to the college and to Ag One! more
Taste of Vino The Jordan College received a $40,000 gift on October 23 from funds raised at the Taste of Vino event hosted by Vino & Friends Wine Store and Bistro, coordinated by owners Chuck and Jen Van Fleet. The annual event was held Aug. 9, and was attended by over 850 guests. The contribution was made in support of a campaign that is nearly halfway to its $3 million goal to ensure the V.E. Petrucci Library’s use for future generations of students and industry members. This donation will help the library continue to offer the most up-to-date grape and wine knowledge and research from around the world. more


farmlandFarmland is coming to Fresno State! The event is centered around showing the documentary Farmland, a film by James Moll, at Maya Cinemas on ThursdayNovember 12. It includes a reception featuring Fresno State farm products at the Gibson Farm Market, and the film screening followed by a panel discussion with: Secretary Karen Ross, CDFA; Randy Krotz, CEO, US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance; Ryan Vendhuizen, 4th generation hog, corn and soybean farmer (featured in the film); Ryan Jacobsen, Exec Director and CEO, Fresno County Farm Bureau; and Debbie Raven, Ag One President, and President & CEO, Valley Small Business Development Corporation. RSVP here  

Planting seeds of success...

Jordan College honors alumnus Marvin Meyers as 2015's Top Dog. Fellow alumnus and former Ag One president Ryan Jacobsen also honored.


The Jordan College Honors Program second cohort was announced October 5th and includes: 


Kacey Bean, Child Development; Jessie Brazil, Plant Science- Plant Health Option; Danae Dubberke, Family Science. Sociology minor; William Evans, Child Development; Taylor Helton, Ag Ed- Teacher Prep; Alexis Jackson, Double Major: Plant Sci-Crop Prod Mgt, Animal Science – Livestock Bus Mgt; Madeline Loftus, Ag Business; Kylee Pachelbel,Culinology; Hannah Price Animal Science - Livestock Business Mgt; and Weii Yie Soo Culinology

Important Dates

November 5, 2015 - 36th Annual Kern County Alumni & Friends, Sun World International, Wasco. 

November 12, 2015 - President's Commission on the Future of Agriculture presents the showing of Farmland at Fresno State. 

November 19, 2015 - Ag One Trap Shoot, Kingsburg Gun Club. 

November 24, 2015 - Nominations due for Common Threads Awards Luncheon. Download form here.

If you're not already a member, please consider joining Ag One and receive 10% off selected items like wine and olive oil at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market!


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