The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State is celebrating National Agriculture Week March 19-22 with several events on campus.

The college began the week with the grand opening of Fresno State’s new Rue & Gwen Gibson Farm Market Monday. The market is the product of a $1.5 million dollar bequest from the estate of Joyce Mae Gibson, which was announced in 2008.

Other Ag Week events this week include:

  • Mar. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Ag Facts Day with free almond samples in the Free Speech Area.
  • Mar. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – “Ice Cream with the Deans” in the Agricultural Sciences Building Quad (San Ramon Ave., west of Maple) with Jordan College dean Dr. Charles Boyer and associate dean Dr. Sandra Witte.There will be free Fresno State Ice Cream for Jordan College students.
  • Mar. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Jordan College clubs and organizations fair at the Ag East Lawn area (east side of Ag Sciences Bldg.).
  • Mar. 22, 11 a.m. — Jeff Fowle, president of the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, will speak on “Social Media and Agriculture” in the Engineering East Building, Room 191. Attendees will be entered to win an iPad Mini.(winner must be present to win.)

The Jordan College prepares students for agricultural sciences and technologies careers through seven fields of study in the departments of Agricultural Business, Animal Sciences and Agriculture Education, Child, Family and Consumer Sciences, Food Science and Nutrition, Industrial Technology, Plant Science and Viticulture and Enology.

Programs are also offered in areas uniquely related to agriculture including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

The college’s University  Agricultural Laboratory works with the Agricultural Foundation of California State University, Fresno to provide livestock, field crops, orchards, vineyards and other farm enterprises to create a total educational experience for students.

Through the farm’s enterprises, students get hands-on experience growing, processing, packaging and selling more than $1 million in products through the Gibson Farm Market each year. Student products include the popular Fresno State sweet corn, award-winning wine and sausage.

The Fresno State Winey is the first, and believed to be only, such facility on campus licensed and bonded to bottle and sell its wine. The program has won more than 250 awards in commercial competitions.

For more information about National Agriculture Week events contact the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at 559.278.2061.

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