Building College Strength

Members of the College of Agriculture participate in a variety of professional, public and civic activities to strengthen the college’s relationship with industry and the public sector. Some of these alliances include the following:

California Agricultural Leadership Program

Cal Poly Pomona, through the College of Agriculture, is one of four universities in the state which participate in the California Agriculture Leadership Program. Under the auspices of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, the Program consists of a series of seminars and travel experiences designed to broaden the perspectives of selected mid-career agricultural professionals who have demonstrated leadership potential. Participants complete the program with a greater capacity to accept leadership responsibility in any part of society. For more information, contact the Dean of the College of Agriculture.

Professor Emeritus Peggy Perry

Professor Emeritus Peggy Perry runs a class at the California Agricultural Leadership program for farmers and growers at Cal Poly Pomona in 2016.

U.S. Department of Agriculture – E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program

College of Agriculture faculty have been accepted to this program which offers faculty and staff from Hispanic Serving Institutions the opportunity to work collaboratively with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. This uniquely tailored experience brings together HSI staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well prepared Hispanic workforce. Fellows spend two to four weeks in Washington, D.C. to increase their understanding of USDA and other federal agencies, particularly at the national level, and be able to identify mutual collaborative interests. Cal Poly faculty have also served as advisors in this program.

Valerie Mellano, professor

Valerie Mellano, professor and chair of the Department of Plant Science, USDA Fellowship recipient in 2016.

California Department of Education

The College of Agriculture provides the office for the Southern Regional Supervisor of Agricultural Education. The Supervisor provides services on a regional basis to local school districts with agriculture education programs. Regional activities are described on this webpage:

A group of Future Farmers of America students during a meeting

A group of Future Farmers of America students during a meeting at Cal Poly Pomona

Interaction with Professional and Industry Organizations

These connections benefit students and graduates with internship opportunities, jobs, research opportunities, and the college and degree programs with resource development. View our activity below:

Gamma Sigma Delta – the honor society in agriculture

Gamma Sigma Delta – the honor society in agriculture