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Institute for Food and Agriculture 
California State University Fresno
6014 N. Cedar Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710 
Mail Stop: 
2415 E. San Ramon Avenue,
M/S AS 79 
Fresno, CA 93740-8033


Phone: (559) 278-4405 

Fax: (559) 278-6032


Office hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer hours (mid-May through mid-August): 7:00 am - 3:30 pm


Dr. Susan Pheasant


Phone: 559.278.4405


Dr. Susan Pheasant was hired in 2018 as the 6th Director of the Institute for Food and Agriculture. Her educational background includes undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration (WSU) as well as an MBA-Ag Specialization (Cal Poly-SLO) and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. incorporating ag econ, marketing, education, and rural sociology (WSU) to evaluate how growers make decisions to adopt new technologies and ideas.  Dr. Pheasant has consulted with national and international agribusinesses and non-profit organizations to implement change technologies and educational programs, helped fresh fruit/vegetable growers prepare for food safety audits, and conducted 3rd party audits. She is part of a six-generation lineage of apple growers within the USA (primarily Washington State). However, her “friends” fondly describe her as a “world nomad fruit bum.”

Dr. Susan Pheasant

Jennifer Harper


Administrative Support Coordinator