Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is launching its inaugural Food, Family and Farm Month with a host of events to connect its students, staff and faculty to the community.
More than 25 events will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 through Nov. 23, including student club functions, academic presentations and public and industry outreach events that showcase the Jordan College’s seven academic departments, three research centers and 35 student clubs.
On Oct. 17, a seminar focusing on water-use efficiency and nitrogen regulation will kick off the month of activities. The series concludes with a Wine Fest Tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 23, starting four hours prior to Fresno State’s home football finale against Nevada.
Food, Family and Farm Month activities are affordable and open to the public. Topics include wine education, irrigation and water management technologies; food safety trainings for meat, fresh produce and dairy employees; a Bulldoggers club team rodeo demonstration and tailgate; and ag supporter luncheons and dinners.
The biggest public event is the Gibson Farm Market Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Families can enjoy free food samples, games, crafts, wine tasting, photo opportunities with livestock animals, tractors and a pumpkin patch.
“The Food, Family and Farm Month represents an impressive cross section of the talents of our students, faculty and staff, and is a wonderful way to thank our community for their dedicated support,” said Dr. Dennis Nef, dean of the Jordan College.
Food, Family and Farm Month was the inspiration of Jordan College’s Ag One Foundation, Center for Irrigation Technology, Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Viticulture and Enology Research Center. Each of these entities will host a major event during the month.
- Nov. 14, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Institute for Food and Agriculture will host the 38th annual Agribusiness Management Conference with a theme of “Data, Decisions and Connectivity”
- Nov. 15, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Center for Irrigation Technology will host Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration Showcase
- Nov. 15 and 23: Viticulture and Enology Research Center will participate in the 67th annual Viticulture Club Fall Harvest BBQ at 5:30 p.m. and the Fresno State Wine Fest Tailgate before the home football game against Nevada
- Nov. 22, 6 p.m.: The Ag One Community Salute Dinner will honor the Parnagian family of Fowler Packing
The three research centers fall under the auspices of the California Agricultural Technology Institute within the Jordan College.
Together they serve the agricultural industry by engaging with the industry; performing applied research and testing on a wide range of disciplines and topics; and disseminating results through conferences, workshops and meetings. Students may also enhance their educational careers by working under the direction of research faculty and staff while pursuing degrees.
For the full schedule of events and registration details on Food, Family and Farm Month activities, visit http://bit.ly/FS19-JC-fff-month-sked.