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June 13, 2020

Agribusiness students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will have additional funding for student projects in the years to come after Farm Credit donated nearly $255,000 this year to create an endowment fund for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Six Farm Credit institutions serving farmers and ranchers throughout California contributed funding for the endowment. The annual proceeds will be used to pay for data and other resources that will enable student projects dealing with agricultural finance and lending, data analytics and risk management, said Marianne McGarry Wolf, the university’s agribusiness department head.

“I’m thrilled with the generosity of Farm Credit in supporting Cal Poly and our students,” Wolf said. “This endowment will really benefit both the students and the industry.”

Mark Littlefield, President and CEO, Farm Credit West, said the endowment will provide top-notch academic research that will benefit the food and beverage industry in California.

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Virtual Spring 2020 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

June 13, 2020

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In the News: Associate Professor Ricky Volpe

MAY 8, 2020

Independent grocers could lose share to Kroger, Amazon amid coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis is presenting new challenges to independent grocers in the United States, which could cede market share to Inc. and other large national players better equipped to handle increased demand and supply-chain disruption.

These independent supermarkets are smaller, localized grocers that lack the national and regional footprints of companies like The Kroger Co., Walmart Inc. and Amazon, which owns Whole Foods and is building out a new grocery store concept.

The pandemic is testing smaller retailers of all stripes, from mom-and-pop operations to local chains and specialized, niche grocers. As customer demand for delivery has surged during the outbreak, grocers of all sizes are scrambling to keep shelves stocked with essentials such as eggs and meat. But those challenges tend to be even more daunting for smaller grocers, said Ricky Volpe, a professor in California Polytechnic State University's Agribusiness Department.

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AGB Job & Internship Board is now live!

FEB 14, 2020

Post your vacancy on our new Job and Internship Board via the online Job and Internship Board Submittal Form. The department reserves the right to edit any submittals for length and clarity. 

To reach students campus-wide, employers are encouraged to connect with Career Services for access to MustangJOBS, career fair information, and on-campus interviewing resources.  

If you have questions, contact us at or 805.756.5000. 

Ag Showcase Career Fair

JAN 24, 2020

Photo of student at Ag Showcase Career Fair Photos from the 2020 Ag Showcase career fair can be found here on our Facebook page and on the following Shutterfly page: This year's event featured 100 companies and saw more than 500 students in attendance.

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Ag Showcase January 2020!

Industry Social - January 15, 2020 @ the Madonna Inn

Ag Showcase - January 16-17, 2020 @ the Cal Poly Farm Shop

Open registration is tentatively scheduled beginning of October 2019. For questions regarding Ag Showcase and/or the Industry Social, contact Alicia Del Real, Ag Showcase Chair, via email at or by phone at (831) 682-2464.

We look forward to hosting another amazing Ag Showcase! 

Grocers Day in Sacramento (April 2-3, 2019)

A team of five AGB students, Nicole Tedjasaputra, Britney Moore, Devyn Paulo, Sophie Lieber, and Danielle Diele, attended Grocers Day, an annual event hosted by the California Grocers Association (CGA). The attending students were each paired with CGA retail members and had the chance to observe interactions and policy-related discussions with elected state legislators. Our students also had the chance to showcase and discuss the research they have been conducting on the economic impact of the California Grocery Industry, which is funded by the CGA Educational Foundation. Finally one of our students, Nicole Tedjasaputra, addressed the CGA Board of Directors at their annual meeting on the value of CGA scholarships for college students.

Team Members (left to right):

Devyn Paulo, Danielle Diele, Britney Moore, Nicole Tedjasaputra, and Sophie Lieber

Advisor: Dr. Ricky Volpe

2nd Annual CAFES Spring Research Symposium

Rohan Moorjani, an AGB senior, participated in the 2nd Annual CAFES Spring Student Research Symposium held on Friday, May 10th.  The research Rohan presented at the Symposium is titled "The Impact of Volatile Fuel Prices and Truck Rates on Produce Purchases among U.S. Households".  His advisors are Drs. Xiaowei Cai, Ricky Volpe, and Christiane Schroeter. In this study, Rohan and his advisors assess how increased volatility in energy prices and truck rates could influence consumers’ fruit and vegetable purchasing decisions in regional U.S. markets. Their econometric findings suggest that truck rate has a larger negative impact on produce expenditures on the east coast comparing to the west coast. Their findings contribute to ongoing policy discussions with respect to recommending increased consumption of fruits and vegetables among Americans. Their analysis provides potential implications for consumers and participants in the produce supply chain by determining how price transmission in the food systems could affect U.S. consumers’ fruit and vegetable purchases across geographic markets. This research is funded through the campus ARI competitive grant.

National Grocers Association-San Diego

A team of AGB students represented Cal Poly in the National Grocers Association Annual Student Case Study Competition in San Diego, CA. This year our team consisted of Patrick Dotsy, Jessica Evaristo, Jillian Raycraft, Danielle Diele, and Britney Moore. For three months, the team worked on a prompt from Superlo Foods, a retailer located in the Memphis, TN area, focusing on how best to attract and retain millennial employees.

Team Members (left to right):

Danielle Diele, Jessica Evaristo, Patrick Dotsy, Jillian Raycraft, and Britney Moore.

Advisor: Dr. Ricky Volpe

ABM Newly Elected Officers

Newly Elected ABM Club Officers for 2019/20

A group of newly elected ABM officers began their term last night at the May 13th club meeting. These students will "learn by doing" in many areas such as; organizing Ag Showcase, the largest career fair in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The officers lead the way for fundraising events during Open House/Poly Royal along with coordinating monthly club meetings hosting various agriculture industry representatives. 

Congratulations to all and we look forward to an exciting year!

Officers (bottom row, left to right): Sedar Kane (Treasurer), Jenna Maturino (President), Kate Menefee (Sophomore Rep), Emely Allen-Fernandes (External Activities Director), Grace Guthrie (Ag Council Rep), Alicia del Real (Ag Showcase Chair).

Officers (top row, left to right): Nathan Borgault (BBQ/Rodeo Concessions), Tyler Wilderson (Marketing Chair), Emily Berman (Vice President), Alexa Villa (Ag Council Rep), Kale Varvel (Campus Ambasador), Matt Durian (BBQ/Rodeo Concessions), and Sean Carroll (Secretary).

2019 NAMA Team

AGB students recently participated in the National Agri-Marketing Association competition, alongside 28 other university's teams from around the country. They presented their marketing pitch for Simply Wok, a fresh, make-at-home stir fry kit. Working with a real client to develop the product concept as they learned the principals of marketing, the students were able to experience a realistic scenario to help them live the "Learn by Doing" motto.

Team Members (left to right)

Christian Bordeaux, Noah Chiero, Vivian Mason, Hannah Brady, Joshua Malone, Kate Martin, and Grant Lilles

Advisor: Lauren Green

Ranger Challenge

The Brigade Ranger Challenge is the Army ROTC Varsity Sport. Teams form early in the semester and train rigorously nearly every morning of the week. This competition is conducted over two days on a non-tactical course. The mission is to challenge Cadets' mental and physical toughness and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps. Teams participate in nine graded events. (Information taken from Ranger Challenge).

As the winning team, Cal Poly participated in the finals on April 12-13 which included 49 teams representing 13 international military academies, 16 ROTC programs, and three U.S. service academies. The 51st competition, took place Cal Poly placed 21st overall, and 4th within the ROTC programs.

AGB team members: Marcial Nunez (3rd from left). Other team members include; Taylor Palmaffy, Robin Ribet, Logan Murray, Maxwell Batanian, Grant Lemen, Christian Diebenow, David Broyels, Ariel Anton, Alexander Kokonis, and Austin Beck.




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