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The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

2020 Winter Newsletter


Greetings! The new year is off to a quick start and with 2020 in the title, we hope the articles featured in this newsletter help you see clearly what is happening in the Jordan College. Check out stories of preparation, inspiration, innovation, and commitment among others.

As my first semester back in the college, fall 2019 was notable for several reasons.  I met a lot of people on campus and in the community and the reception was wonderful.  Thank you. 

I spoke about reducing the number of students who fail to finish, of improving our effectiveness and no longer doing what we have always done; and broadening the impact of the Jordan College on the community, region, and nation. I think we have made progress on each. READ MORE


Hmong pesticide video series


Organized by Jordan College grants manager Bill Erysian, Fresno State students and faculty helped produce a Hmong-language pesticide safety video series with the Fresno County UC Extension. STORY



Melissa Rios


Senior Melissa Rios is shaping a new life for her family and other students through mechanized agriculture classes and an agricultural education degree. VIDEO



2019 Ag One Salute - Parnagian Family


The Parnagian Family Ag One Community Salute brought together the Central Valley to raise $1.06 million for an endowment to support the University Agricultural Laboratory. STORY / PHOTOS



New Robotic Arm - Bee Sweet Citrus Fresh Fruit Processing Line


A new robotic arm gives students additional automated systems experience in one of the area's key industries at the Bee Sweet Fresh Fruit Packing Line Laboratory on campus. STORY / PHOTOS



Day of Giving student profiles


Meet Jordan College students from our seven departments and the campus farm who thank the 2,100 Day of Giving donors for all their support. VIDEOS



Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology Demonstration Day


See new water- and energy-saving products and services that were featured at a Center for Irrigation Technology demonstration showcase. PHOTOS / WEBSITE



Laurynn Garcia


Child development graduate Laurynn Garcia successfully balanced a demanding academic schedule as she completed her degree while rehabilitating from her third brain cancer surgery. VIDEO



Raisin Processing Class


The raisin production class helped industry partner International Fruit Genetics gather destemming and processing information at our campus processing facility to help determine which varieties it will continue to test and market. PHOTOS



Omar Flores & Lizbeth Cordova - plant science students


Plant science seniors Lizbeth Cordova and Omar Flores were honored with awards from the American Society of Agronomy for their impressive mix of academic, research, professional and community involvement. STORY / PHOTOS



Ken Melvold


Fresno State alum & dairy science program supporter Ken Melvold received the World Dairy Expo's highest showman award at its annual event. STORY



mechanized ag program spotlight


The mechanized agriculture program is enjoying a renaissance sparked by a gift by donor Dr. James Moller and classes taught by alumni Chris McKenna and John Williams. VIDEO 



Rance Garces


Former Army specialist Rance Garces is on an exciting new career path thanks to specialized skills that he's developing through his food science and nutrition classes. STORY / PHOTOS 



IT self-driving car story


Students in a new industrial technology class are gaining hands-on experience with programming skills that are fueling's tomorrow's self-driving cars. STORY / PHOTOS



Mancebo dairy facility naming event


Agricultural business students validated our University Agricultural Laboratory's one-of-a-kind status in a comparison of campus farms across the state and land-grant universities nationally. STORY / PHOTOS



Ag One Community Salute - Omar Hernandez


Your gift to the Ag One Foundation matters because the quality of a Fresno State education and the College’s commitment to educational opportunity depend on it. Fresno State could not be the institution it is today without generous gifts like yours.  GIVE NOW



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