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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

Morgan Henson

Student Assistant 


Morgan Henson was hired as a student assistant in February of 2020. She is currently a graduate student here at Fresno State. After moving away for a few years, Morgan returned to the valley and received her bachelor's degree in agricultural education in May of 2021. She is now pursuing her master's degree in  agricultural sciences as well as her teaching credential.  Morgan grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis East High School in 2016. She was a member of the Clovis FFA chapter and plans to use her degree to become an agriculture teacher somewhere here in the central valley. In her free time Morgan enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and hiking. 

Morgan Henson Head Shot

Taylan Kaan Unal 

Student Assistant


Taylan Kaan Unal was hired in June, 2021 as a Student Assistant. Taylan is from Antalya, Turkey. He came to the United States as a Junior in high school and graduated from Wayland Academy which is located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Currently, Taylan is a Senior at Fresno State majoring in Business Administration with Entrepreneurship option. His goal is to operate his own business in the future. 


Narissa Singleton

Administrative Support Coordinator 


Phone: 559.278.4380