Cal Poly Awarded California 100 Grant to Evaluate Future of Agriculture and Food Systems in the State

University to join top research talent from across the state as sole CSU in the California 100 Initiative

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences announced that it has received a research award from California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative to envision and shape the long-term success of the state in collaboration with 18 research centers and institutes across California.]

The California 100 research award, which includes a $90,000 grant along with technical assistance from the Institute For The Future, will enable the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to evaluate current facts, origins and future trends in which food systems will play a part in California’s next century.

“We are thrilled to add Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to the California 100 family,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, executive director for California 100. “We cannot talk about the future of California without understanding the critical role agriculture will play in our economy and our position as a global leader.”

Cal Poly’s research is led by Anastasia Telesetsky, a professor in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, and Catherine Kleier, associate dean in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

“California, the nation’s largest producer of food, will face tremendous challenges in the years to come ranging from wildfire to drought,” Telesetsky said. “We will explore the past, present and future of California’s food systems and consider potential future scenarios for California’s food production systems. This award is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the California 100 Initiative and to begin to chart a path forward for California’s next century as a leader in food systems.”

Henry Brady, director of research for the California 100 Initiative and former dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, is coordinating the research, which will be complete by the summer of 2022 and will lead to a set of policy alternatives for the future of California.

California 100 previously announced research grants to 18 centers and institutes across California in the summer. “We are excited to work with our research partners that are international experts in their issue areas,” Brady said. “We will not only develop a comprehensive knowledge base on various policy issues, but we will also offer actionable recommendations for our intergenerational and expert California 100 Commission and the larger public to consider.”

In October, California 100 announced its intergenerational commission to develop recommendations for the state’s future and test those recommendations across a broad set of policy areas by directly engaging Californians. In December, California 100 selected an advisory board, which will play a role in providing targeted feedback to California 100 staff through the life of the initiative.

About the California 100 Research Grants
California 100 is a new statewide initiative, being incubated at the University of California and Stanford University, focused on inspiring a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable and equitable. The initiative will harness the talent of a diverse array of leaders through research, policy innovation, advanced technology and stakeholder engagement. Along with research on agriculture and food systems at Cal Poly, California 100 is sponsoring a total of 15 research projects focused on the following issue areas:

·  Advanced technology and basic research
·  Arts, culture and entertainment
·  Education and workforce, from cradle to career and retirement
·  Economic mobility and inequality·  Energy, environment and natural resources
·  Federalism and foreign policy
·  Fiscal reform
·  Governance, media and civil society
·  Health and wellness
·  Housing and community development
·  Immigrant integration
·  Public safety and criminal justice reform
·  Transportation and urban planning
·  Business
·  Agriculture

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories — including organic and conventional crop land, orchards, vineyards, forests and rangeland — all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country with more than 4,100 undergraduate students. For more information, visit

April 7, 2022
Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

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