AGB Faculty host Chinese Delegation
A Chinese delegation from Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Agriculture received a one-week training on Family Farms at Cal Poly during Feb. 21 to Feb. 28, 2017. Cal Poly is registered with the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). This training is officially the first SAFEA training program Cal Poly provided to the Chinese government officials. Dr. Xiaowei Cai, who is an Associate Professor in the Agribusiness Department, is the coordinator of this training.
On the first day of the delegation's arrival at campus, Dr. Brian Tietje, Vice Provost, Dr. Andy Thulin, Dean of College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Dr. James Prince, Associate Dean of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Dr. Cyrus Ramezani, chair of the Department of Agribusiness, and Dr. Xiaowei Cai welcomed the delegation with a warm reception that took place in the University Union.
During the one-week long training, the Chinese delegation listened to presentations on various topics related to family farming. The content of the training covers a broad range of family farm issues on policy, marketing, finance, risk management, technology, and education. The group had great discussions with the Agribusiness faculty. The involved faculty members are Dr. Xiaowei Cai, Dr. Wayne Howard, Dr. Lindsey Higgins, Dr. Tim Delbridge, Dr. Sean Hurley, Dr. Christiane Schroeter, and Dr. Richard Volpe. The group also listened to presentations made by loan officers at Farm Credit West, and county executive directors at Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource and Conservation Department, and Rural Development Department at USDA. In addition, Dr. Cai led the delegation to visit Talley Farms, Ruitz Farms, and San Luis Obispo downtown farmers' market where the delegation interacted with local family farms. At the end of the training, the group discussed further collaboration opportunities with the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, including cultural exchange programs, and international business and investment opportunities.