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California Agricultural Technology Institute

Located on the campus of California State University, Fresno, CATI oversees operations of centers which serve as bases for applied research and development activities.

Facilities include a 1,000-acre university farm; an assortment of modern indoor laboratories; a unique-in-the-world dried foods technology laboratory; experimental and commercial wineries, a raisin processing plant, and a large hydraulics unit for testing irrigation equipment.

Each center works in close coordination with industry to ensure that research programs meet the specialized needs of constituents. University faculty lead research teams with support from staff technicians and student assistants. 


Center for Irrigation Technology

Conserving water, our essential resource 

The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) works in cooperation with the irrigation industry, local, state, and federal agencies and irrigation users, to demonstrate new technology and develop performance specifications and standards for all types of irrigation equipment. Facilities include a field demonstration area and hydraulic research laboratory. Services include the following:

  • Irrigation equipment testing /evaluation
  • Irrigation equipment selection
  • Improving irrigation efficiency
  • Computer applications in irrigation

To reach CIT, click here or call (559) 278-2066.


Institute for Food and Agriculture

Meeting the challenges of change 

The Institute for Food and Agriculture (IFA) offers resources, economic information and expertise in the areas of production agriculture and agribusiness. Conferences, forums and seminars serve as key dissemination activities. Areas of emphasis include the following:

  • International trade and export marketing
  • Water and energy management
  • Farm labor and personnel management
  • Agricultural safety education and training
  • Farm labor research
  • Farm management and accounting
  • Computer applications in agribusiness
  • New agribusiness opportunities

To reach IFA, click here or call (559) 278-4405.


Viticulture and Enology Research Center

A partner in research 

The Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) acts as a local, national and international information center for applied research in the grape and wine industries. Facilities include a production winery, state-of-the-art raisin processing plant and full-scale commercial vineyard. Research objectives include:

  • Developing effective cultural practices for new wine, raisin and grape varieties
  • Improving existing methods and systems of vineyard management
  • Testing new processes and materials for use in the wine industry
  • Developing new food products and systems

To reach VERC, click here or call (559) 278-2089.


Agricultural Research Institute

Connecting industry and university researchers 

The California State University Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is a comprehensive applied agricultural and environmental research program joining the California State University's (CSU) four colleges of agriculture and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities.

The ARI fosters the development and evaluation of new and promising technologies that have the potential for improving food safety, environmental stewardship, economic performance, and long-term sustainability of California's agriculture industry. ARI projects and programs build upon a successful record of past applied research accomplishments and augment, enhance, and extend the basic research conducted by the nation's land grant universities.

The ARI program comprises four members, each of which awards research grants on a campus-competitive basis:

  • California State University, Fresno
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    California State University, Chico

CSU system-wide research grants also are awarded on a competitive basis. For detailed information about the CSU-ARI program, visit its Agricultural Research Institute website.

To reach our campus ARI contacts, click here or call (559) 278-2061.


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