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The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Newsletters 2019-20

Spring-Summer 2020

Fall Winter 2019-20


Video Features

Viticulture and Enology Research Center Spotlight (July 2)

Center for Irrigation Technology Spotlight (June 30)

Fresno State Winery Bottling Day Spotlight (May 26)

President Castro Commencement Message (May 15)

Agricultural Business Department Graduate Message (May 15)

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education Department Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony (May 15)

Child and Family Science Department Graduate Message (May 15)

Viticulture and Enology Department Graduate Spotlight Video (May 15)

Hardeep Singh - Jordan College Graduate Dean's Medalist Student Spotlight (May 7)

Cameron Standridge - Jordan College Dean's Undergraduate Medalist Student Spotlight (May 1)

Advanced Olive Oil Industry Milling Seminar (April 15)

Jordan College Overview Video (March 24)

Horticulture Unit: Facility Spotlight (March 3)

Jason Allen / Jayme Budwig Agribusiness Management Conference Student Spotlight (Feb. 14)

University Farm Laboratory Spotlight (February 10)

Steve Lutz Agribusiness Management Conference Spotlight (Feb. 5)

Gregory Kelley Agribusiness Management Conference Spotlight (Jan. 30)

Daniel Royer Agribusiness Management Conference Spotlight (Jan. 24)

Julie Adams Agribusiness Management Conference Spotlight (Jan. 20)

Laurynn Garcia - Student Spotlight (Dec. 20)

Mechanized Agriculture Program - Jordan College Spotlight (Dec. 17)

ARI Faculty / Staff Grant Proposal Training Video (Dec. 16)

Ag One Community Salute: Parnagian Family Spotlight (Nov. 22)

Nurelhoda Alburati - Day of Giving Child Development Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

James Gutierrez - Day of Giving Industrial Technology Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Omar Hernandez - Day of Giving Animal Science Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Matteo Ramagli - Day of Giving Viticulture Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Crystal Sandoval - Day of Giving Plant Health Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Amanda Skidmore - Day of Giving Agricultural Business Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Jackie Taylor - Day of Giving Animal Science Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Asanka Tenakoon - Day of Giving Food Science Student Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Ryan Jacobsen - Day of Giving Alumni Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Pat Ricchiuti - Day of Giving Alumni Spotlight (Nov. 7)

Scott Williamson - American Rabbit Breeders Association Spotlight (Oct.30 2019)

Melissa Rios - Agricultural Education Student Spotlight (Oct. 13)

Ag Business graduate Jestena Mattson - Olympic heptathlon hopeful / Student Spotlight (August 2019)

Campus Youth Ag Camp - KSEE24 Education Matters (August 2019)

Food Science & Culinology Club Spotlight - visit with IFT VP Thomas Foley (August 2019)


News Releases

July 2020

Plant Science Student Spotlight: Tyler Lentz (July 26)

Agricultural Education Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Steven Rocca (July 24)

Enology alumni Cardella & Maldonado featured in first alumni vintners wine club shipment (July 23)

Agricultural Business Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Serhat Asci (July 18)

Ag business senior gains valuable experience as campus winery (July 17)

Ag business alumna Stuhr begins term as Ag One president (July 14)

Staff spotlight: Rodeo Head Coach Uhuru Adem (July 12)

Agricultural Education Student spotlight: Victoria Tolin (July 11)

Wilden pump equipment donation boosts food processing lab (July 6)

Ag Business student balance classes, winery internship & active club life (July 5)

Institute for Food & Agriculture Faculty spotlight: Susan Pheasant (July 3)


Agricultural business faculty studying guayule as potential new crop for area growers facing soil salinity & drought issues (June 29) 

Viticulture student taps campus club and winery resources for career and outreach opportunities (June 17) 

Plant science student honored with Weed Science Society research grant (June 16)

Winery employs new strategy, promotions to adjust to shifting consumer needs (June 10)

Valley agricultural research connects Dean'd Medalist Singh to his Punjab roots (June 8)


60-year-old flight instructor propels himself to winemaking degree (May 28)

New methods accommodate opening sweet corn crowds quickly and safely (May 28)

Dairy science graduate to return in new position as graduate student and dairy student manager (May 26)

New Gibson Farm Market shopping guidelines for sweet corn arrival on Memorial Day (May 22)

Viticulture senior eyes Gallo wine making research internship (May 19)

Ag business senior leads by example (May 18)

SDean's Medalist Standridge share passion for agriculture with next generation (May 18)

Plant science student nominated for Dean's Medal after internships with Fresno Equipment Company & Simplot & work in campus orchard (May 17)

Former softball player rebounds from career-ending injuries to help Bulldog athletes as a dietitian assistant and nomination for Dean's Medal (May 16)

Jordan College celebrates graduation of 415 students virtually (May 15)

Enology building named in honor of Jordan College and winery supporter (May 12)

Viticulture student puts new world spin on old world grape growing (May 12)

Child development students assist area families in need through internships (May 11)

Food science & nutrition student prepares for prefect Mother's Day gift on graduation week (May 10)

Industrial technology senior boasts impressive mix of internships (May 9)

Agricultural business senior builds off family vineyard background on path to finance career (May 8)

Enology senior uses research & study abroad trip to connect passions (May 7)

Local nut producers team up for nut hulls and shell donation (May 7)

Goorahoo receives University's top teaching award (May 6)

Child & family science student shares passion for research & outreach around the world (May 5)

Project seeks to archive memories of Portuguese-American community (May 5) 

Looper advances to national discussion contest semifinal round (May 4)

Tennis player sticks to recipe, earns Ivy League opportunity in food science (May 1)


Jordan College's Singh honored among University's graduate student medalists (April 29)

Alum & ag business faculty member Tung deals with food chain impacts in economic downturn (April 28) 

Students keep campus farm active while classes operate virtually (April 27)

Standridge one of eight recognized by University as undergraduate medalists (April 27)

Library shows 'modern face' of services during virtual transition (April 20)

Special online & virtual resources available to students (April 20)

John Cordeiro Feature: The Legacy Retires (by Hayden Gray, April 19) 

Winery offers April discounts on shipping and new releases (April 17)

Fresno County and Fresno State introduce public health laboratory for COVID-19 testing analysis (April 14)

Winery offers April staff discount and new pick-up option (April 9)

Most successful March Match Up campus campaign goes into overtime to meet ongoing needs (April 9)

All summer classes offered virtually; funding available to eligible students (April 6)


Student Cupboard remains open for students in need of food (March 20)

More campus actions announced in response to COVID-19 outbreak (March 17)

Campus message regarding temporary cancellation of in-person classes effective March 16 (March 12)

Rickman honored with city educator award (March 11)

Gibson Farm Market to host vegetable plant sale (March 10)

Pre-Veterinary Club hosts vaccination and microchip clinic for dogs (March 10)

Ag education student, Fresno State win state farm bureau discussion titles (March 3)

Rodeo teams among top-25 ranked squads slated for home rodeo (March 2)


Students, community celebrate groundbreaking for Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union (February 20)

Farm Market offers special Sip and Sample wine tasting and promotions (Feb. 7)

Fresno State expands events at World Ag Expo (Feb. 6)

Animal Science students host Red Wave Classic Junior Show (Feb. 5)


Sixty companies slated for campus ag career fair (Jan. 29)

University partners with olive oil industry for milling seminar (Jan. 28)

Ag One Parnagian Family Community Salute raises 1.06 million for campus farm endowment (Jan. 16)

Students and staff create new Hmong language pesticide safety training videos (Jan. 10)

December 2019

Horticulture manager brightens campus with leaf art (Dec. 13)

Helping Hams drive provides 275 hams to local charities (Dec. 11)

Great gift ideas featured at Gibson Farm Market Holiday Open House (Dec. 3)


Day of Giving rallies worldwide support for Fresno State students (Nov. 8)

Fresno State to sign agreement of collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University (Nov. 7)

Agribusiness Management Conference highlights economic drivers (Nov. 5)

Mayor of Angra to give lecture on city history (Nov. 1) 


Helping Hams drive aims to feed hungry during holidays (Oct. 28)

New CIT Director Charles Hillyer feature (Oct. 21)

Food, Family & Farm Month showcases campus research and education (Oct. 17) 

Gibson Farm Market Fall Festival features food and family fun (Oct. 17)

New robotic palletizing arm showcased at Bee Sweet Citrus Processing Lab (Oct. 16)

Flores wins national award, plants a new career course (Oct. 10)

Community volunteers plant news trees, honor submariners at Fresno State (Oct. 16)

Winery unveils new vintages at Flavor of Fall event (Oct. 9)

Student Feature: Cordova see campus ripe with opportunity (Oct. 4).


Domingos honored at Top Dog Ceremony (Sept. 20)


Purewal elected Ag One Foundation President (Aug. 20)

Winery honors President with two reserve wines (Aug. 14) 


News Stories

Grape Day Webinar Features Advancements in Viticulture and Enology Research (July 28, 2020)

Annie Stuhr Named New Ag One Foundation President (Ag Net West, July 18, 2020)

Highly ranked prep running back also focused on ag business (Collegian, July 12, 2020)

US Senate must act to protect Dreamers and give them their rightful stake in America (Fresno Bee, July 10, 2020)

Incoming ag business freshman receives California Table Grape Growers Award Scholarship (California Ag Today, July 9, 2020)

Luis named Incoming CVCB Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Administration (Valdosta Daily Times, July 6, 2020)

Agricultural business student Mason Tarr earns scholarship (, July 4, 2020)

Allied Grape Growers’ Emilio Miranda Retires After 44-Year Career (American Vineyard, July 2, 2020)

Allied Grape Growers' Miranda Retires After 44-Year Career in Wine Industry (Wine Industry Advisor, July 1, 2020)

Plant Science alum Hembree one of three retiring UC Cooperative Extension weed science academics (UC Weed Science Blog, June 24, 2020)

Q&A: E. & J. Gallo Master Winemaker Marcello Monticelli (Wine Business, June 16, 2020)

Konduru, Lone, Rickman, Tarrant, Xu receive campus title promotions (Campus News, June 15, 2020)

Goorahoo & Tarrant receive outstanding advisor awards (June 15, 2020)

Water Book Club feature (Campus News, June 15, 2020)

Valley ag research connects recent grad to Punjab roots (Morning Ag Clips, June 7, 2020)

Alum Monticelli named Sonoma County Barrel Honorary Icon (North Bay Business Journal, June 5, 2020)

Jocelyn Rodriguez Feature (Volleyball magazine, May 25, 2020

Lines for Fresno State’s sweet corn extended through the dirt lot on first day of sales (KSEE24, May 25, 2020)

Big crowds for first day of Fresno State sweet corn (ABC30, May 25, 2020)

Large turnout for Fresno State opening-day corn sales despite COVID-19, heat warnings (Fresno Bee, May 25, 2020)

Fresno State corn still draws hundreds, even in a pandemic (May 25, 2020)

Fresno State market to sell sweet corn (Kingsburg Recorder, May 25, 2020)

Water polo signee & incoming ag business student Hansen born to be a Fresno State Bulldog (Madera Tribune, May 23, 2020)

Fresno State’s sweet corn is back at Gibson Farm Market, safety guidelines in place (KSEE24, May 22, 2020)

Fresno State sweet corn to go on sale May 25  (ABC30, May 22, 2020)

Alum Monticelli 2020 receives Sonoma County Barrel Auction honor (Wine Industry Advisor, May 18, 2020)

He Never Attended Fresno State, but His $4.66M Bequest Will Boost Wine, Irrigation Efforts (GV Wire, May 15, 2020)

Alum Revelette's 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir (Siduri) picked as wine of the week (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 9, 2020)

Fresno State Enology Building Renamed After Winery Supporter (News Break, May 14, 2020)

He Never Attended Fresno State, but His $4.66M Bequest Will Boost Wine, Irrigation Efforts (GV Wire, May 13, 2020)

Top Fresno State Teaching Award Goes To Professor Dave Goorahoo (News Break, May 6, 2020)

Growing Precision (feat. Dilruba Yeasmin, Innovations in Irrigation Journal, May 4, 2020)

Fresno State Winery offers $5 shipping, curbside pick-up for orders (ABC30, May 1, 2020)

Some Fresno State students still working at farm during COVID-19 outbreak (April 29, 2020)

Standridge among Fresno State's 2020 undergraduate medalists (KGPE/KSEE, April 27, 2020)

Fresno State-bound Fernandes receives Tulare County Cattlewomen scholarship (Porterville Recorder April 21, 2020)

Wine Cellar Alert from Fresno State (GV Wire, April 20, 2020)

Alum & Geodesy winemaker Baccitich supports women in the ag community, one bottle at a time (Napa Valley Register, April 16, 2020)

Fresno State announces the opening of a temporary lab for COVID-19 sample testing (Collegian, April 16, 2020)

Jordan Agricultural Research Center to be utilized as Fresno County COVID-19 sample testing lab (Fresno Bee, April 16)

Fresno State building to become County’s first COVID testing center (KSEE 24, April 14, 2020)

Fresno County Partners With Fresno State To Analyze COVID-19 Tests (NPR Radio, April 14, 2020)

Fresno State COVID-19 Lab Will Speed County’s Pandemic Response (GV Wire, April 14, 2020)

Fresno County bringing COVID-19 testing to Fresno State (Business Journal, April 14, 2020)

Fresno State Creates Temporary Lab For Coronavirus Tests Over Lack of Testing Centers Across The United States (Tech Times, April 14)

Fresno Co. rolls out coronavirus lab facility, preps for delayed surge (The Sun, April 14, 2020)

Fresno State partners with county to offer COVID-19 testing (Fresno Bee, April 14, 2020)

Fresno State lab to begin testing COVID-19 samples, aiming to decrease testing wait times (ABC 30, April 14, 2020)

Jordan Agricultural Research Center lab to test Coronavirus specimens (Fresno Bee, April 14, 2020)

Fresno Co. rolls out coronavirus lab facility, preps for delayed surge (San Joaquin Valley Sun, April 13, 2020)

Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon scores 100 (Wine Enthusiast, March 23, 2020)

Alum Rose helps family farming operation evolve with shifting trends (West Side Index, March 19, 2020)

Roach sightings really bug some students (Collegian, March 11, 2020)

Alum James named Vineyard Professional Services chief operating officer (Wine Business, March 9, 2020)

Fresno State Bullodggers to host rodeo (KMPH, March 5, 2020)

Fresno State College Rodeo happening this weekend (KSEE24/CBS47, March 4, 2020)

Rodeo Preview (Facebook live - KSEE 24/47 reporter Fabiola Ramirez special post, March 4, 2020)

Graduate and canine partner inspect packages for Fresno County department of agriculture (March 3, 2020)

Wilden donates pump to Fresno State University food processing lab (Water Tech Online, March 2)

Alum Ellsworth to be inducted into Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame (East Idaho News, March 1, 2020)

Wilden® Donates Saniflo™ FDA Series AODD Pump to Food Processing Laboratory at Fresno State University (Thomas News Industry Update, February 26, 2020)

Wilden donates Saniflo FDA Series AODD pmp to Fresno State food processing laboratory (Empowering Pumps, Feb. 26, 2020)

University looks to make farm financially sustainable (Collegian, Feb. 25, 2020)

CIT reflects on 40 years of transformation (Irrigation Today magazine, Feb. 27)

Alum Litwack involved with new restaurant Rocky Hill (Fresno Bee, Feb. 22, 2020)

Alum Ellsworth to be honored (Rexburg Standard Journal, Feb. 21, 2020)

Martinez among students awarded ag scholarships totaling $20000 (Foothills Sun Gazette, Feb. 19, 2020)

Livestock a focal point for Gustine FFA member Wilson (West Side Index & Gustine Press-Standard, Feb. 19, 2020)

Lone researches tree nut growers more likely to use drought assistance  (Western Farm Press, Feb. 19)

As Warm Winters Mess With Nut Trees' Sex Lives, Farmers Help Them 'Netflix And Chill' (NPR, Feb. 17)

Valley Women Honored for Community & Ag Involvement (Hanford Sentinel, Feb. 15, 2020)

Fresno State's Red Wave Classic brings young livestock competitors from across state (ABC30, Feb. 14)

Courtney Meldrum & Charles Hillyer -  World Ag Expo interview about pitch contest (Bakersfield 29 TV, Feb. 14)

World Ag Expo: Fresno State students revolutionize ag with robots, software (Visalia Times-Delta, Feb. 13)

Fresno State students, staff & faculty help create Hmong language pesticide safety videos (ABC30, Jan. 19)

Ag Business Alum Joan Marie Hansen Obituary (Jan. 14, 2020)

Equestrian signee Bloom considering ag education and ag business as major (Klamath Falls News, Jan. 10, 2020)

Alum Otto named California Farmland Trust new Development and Operations Director (ENews Channel, Jan. 8, 2020)

New Hmong language pesticide safety videos (Morning Ag Clips, Jan. 13, 2020)

Killing Fields' Survivor Finds Future In Food (Sean Murphy Jan. 10. 2020)

Horticultural manager brightens campus with leaf art (Morning Ag Clips, Dec. 31, 2019)

Fresno State alum Watrelot takes wine research experience to Midwest as faculty member at Iowa State (Oskaloosa Herald, Dec. 26)

Campus horticulture manager brightens campus with leaf art (Campus News, Dec. 16, 2019)

Punjab Agricultural University and California University Sign Deal for Cooperation in Agriculture Sector (Krishi Jagran Media Network, Dec. 11, 2019)

PAU, California University sign pact to felicitate agricultural practices (India Tribune, Dec. 10, 2019)

Valley ag community mourns loss of Marvin Meyers (ABC30, Dec. 2, 2019)

Remembering Marvin Meyers, a Giant of Ag and Education (GV Wire, Dec. 2, 2019)

Plant science industry board member Taylor named to Nuffield International Farming Scholars, USA Board of Directors (Agri-Pulse, Nov. 27, 2019

Farmers at mercy of elements as rain and cold arrives in Valley (ABC30, Nov. 26, 2019)

Pfendler's 2018 Petaluma Gap/Sonoma County Pinot Noir from alum Stancliff picked as Wine of the Week (Press Democrat, Nov. 26, 2019)

Faces of modern hunger: Why college students, seniors and immigrants miss out on food stamps (Reno News Review/Santa Cruz Sentinel/CAL matters, Nov. 21, 2019)

Fresno State collaborates with Punjab university, address ag issues (The Collegian, Nov. 13, 2019)

Fresno State holds third annual ‘Day of Giving’ (KSEE/KGPE TV, Nov. 7, 2020, 2019)

Day of Giving campaign returns for its third year (Collegian, Nov. 6, 2019)

Meet Willis Wolf, 2019 American Star Farmer winner (National FFA, Oct. 29, 2019)

ASI to hold seventh annual Helping Hams campaign (The Collegian, Oct 28, 2019)

Fine wines crafted by alum Montgomery to be featured at St. Peter’s Oktoberfest Saturday (Red Bluff Daily News, Oct. 25, 2019

Gibson Farm Market holds fall festival for community (The Collegian, Oct. 22, 2019)

New technology to provide students with industrial experience (The Collegian, Oct. 9, 2019)

FFA students prep for Fresno Fair competitions (The Sentinel, Oct. 2, 2019)

Fresno State’s new student union will be named after these billionaire farmers (The Fresno Bee, Sept. 24, 2019)

New Tool Helps Pistachio Growers Pinpoint Yields (Growing Produce, Sept. 24, 2019)

Fresno State recalls butter for potential bacteria contamination (The Fresno Bee, Sept. 18, 2019)

Pistachio Market 2018 Industry Demand, Segment, Statistics Report 2024 (Infinium Global Research, Aug. 27, 2019)

Top FFA officers visit Fresno (Your Central Valley, Aug. 26, 2019)

Grandson of Indian Immigrants Is Fresno State Ag One President (GV Wire, Aug. 20, 2019)

Who Is Fresno State’s Top Dog? Hint: He Wins Huge Verdicts (GV Wire, Aug. 19, 2019)

Fresno State Winery honors President Castro with two reserve wines (The Sentinel, Aug. 16, 2019)

Bob Freeman to lead sales at Onions Etc., Modi Apple (Produce News, Aug. 12, 2019)

Japanese Health Food Manufacturer Headed to Fresno County? (The Business Journal, Aug. 5, 2019)

Joe Wagner back with new pinot noir offerings (The Press Democrat, Aug. 4, 2019)