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Centers and Institutes

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly is providing a focal point to attract expertise for multidisciplinary approaches to address the challenges of agriculture through education, research, and outreach in the California State University system.

Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The mission of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication is to create a bridge of communication between the agricultural industry, the media and the public.

California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops

The California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops (CISSC) was established in July 2003 with a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Buy California program.  CISSC's mandate is to conduct applied research on economic and public policy issues related to California a specialty crops' competitiveness; conduct outreach to disseminate research findings among agricultural organizations and associations, legislators, policy makers, government agencies, and other stakeholders; and provide hands-on educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Sustainability

The Center for Sustainability's purpose is to advance sustainable food and agriculture systems through education, demonstration of sustainable agricultural practices, investigation, and facilitation of collaborative efforts for sustainability, both on campus and in our community. Above all, the Center for Sustainabilty is a network of individuals interested in sustainable agriculture. Center for Sustainabilty programs provide a forum in which people share ideas on how we can strengthen the sustainability of our food and agricultural system. Center for Sustainabilty projects have included everything from curriculum development for Cal Poly students, informational lectures for the general public, management of the Cal Poly Organic Farm, continuing education classes and professional development seminars.

Coastal Resources Institute

Dedicated to resolving issues involving the management of natural resources such as land, water, timber, flora and fauna. Coastal Resources Institute (CRI) provides a wide range of services, including management plans, habitat audits, environmental/social impact inventories and analyses, and policy planning. The following analytical services are available through CRI: general soil and plant tissue analysis; water analysis for trace metals, semi-volatile organics, pesticides, and other elements; genetic analysis for identification of natural populations of plants, animals, and microbes; and map and database creation, update, plotting, and analysis with Geographic Information Systems. Institute affiliates have access to a wide variety of laboratory and computer equipment, ranging from electronic spectrophotometers to computerized mapping and photo interpretation software.

Dairy Products Technology Center

The Dairy Products Technology Center (DPTC) supports the maintenance, growth and continued economic health of the dairy foods industry. The overall mission of the Dairy Products Technology Center is to support the maintenance, growth and continued economic health of the dairy foods industry. To accomplish this mission, the DPTC conduct timely research that provides the scientific and technological basis for new and improved dairy food products and processes which utilize dairy-based ingredients. Increase the number of well-trained students available to enter careers in the dairy industry and allied fields. Enhance technology transfer by offering short courses, symposia, and publications to the dairy/foods industry. Ensure that dairy products are safe, wholesome and nutritious.

Irrigation Training and Research Center

The Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) was established in 1989 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as a center of excellence, building on a history of contributions to the irrigation industry.

Military Science Department

The Cal Poly ARMY ROTC program will prepare you for success in any walk of life whether that be military service, corporate America, government, or non-profit organizations.

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute

The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute (UFEI) was developed by the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department faculty to address the increasing need for improved management of the urban forests in California.