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Cal Poly Strawberry Center + California Strawberry Commission Announce 10-Year Anniversary Event

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The Cal Poly Strawberry Center’s 10th Anniversary Field Day marks a significant milestone for the partnership between the California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly Strawberry Center. Since its inception, the Center has been at the forefront of strawberry farming research and innovation to benefit farmers and farm workers and preserve and protect the environment and the earth’s natural resources.   

A Commitment to Doing Things Better 

The Strawberry Center was formed in 2014 as a partnership between the California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly aimed at increasing the sustainability of California’s $3.4 billion strawberry industry through research and education. Recently, the Strawberry Center was awarded a $1.5 million recurring federal grant to expand its research in strawberry automation – other areas of research include plant pathology and entomology. 

The Next Generation

Beyond research, the Strawberry Center plays a crucial role in educating and investing in the next generation of agricultural leaders. Through hands-on learning opportunities, internships and collaborative projects, students at Cal Poly gain invaluable experience in applied research and agricultural innovation. This practical approach not only enriches their academic journey but also prepares them to tackle real-world challenges in the agricultural sector. 

About the Strawberry Center Field Day – August 8, 2024  

Hundreds of strawberry growers, researchers and agricultural stakeholders from California will gather Thursday, Aug. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the 8th Annual Cal Poly Strawberry Center Field Day, the largest research and education event for the California strawberry industry. The event will showcase the latest in strawberry innovation and provide attendees with resources to better combat challenges faced by strawberry growers.  

The Strawberry Center Field Day will spotlight the latest research findings in automation, entomology and plant pathology. Highlighted projects include: 

  • Non-chemical pest management solutions involving an optimized Lygus Bug Vacuum and use of UV-C light. 
  • Automations to improve workplace efficiency and safety like the Mechanical Runner Cutter, Hoop House Arch Remover, and Heated Hole Burner. 
  • Solutions for controlling and mitigating soilborne pathogens including the use of cover crops, plant breeding and moisture control. 

 “As an industry, we’re always looking for a better way of doing things that benefits not only the farmers and farmworkers, but their community, the land and the planet,” said Rick Tomlinson, president of the California Strawberry Commission. “The research being done at the Strawberry Center is vital to the strawberry industry and is helping fulfill the Commission’s goal of providing our growers with the latest research and innovations to improve sustainability and efficiency.” 

Registration for the event is now open for strawberry industry members.  

About California Strawberry Commission  

The California Strawberry Commission is more than 300 strawberry farmers, shippers, and processors, all working together to advance strawberry farming for the future of our land and people. Commission programs create opportunities for success through groundbreaking programs focused on workforce training, strawberry production research, and nutrition research. Through science-based information and education, it delivers good news about sustainable farming practices that benefit the health of people, farms, and communities. Industry members can visit California Strawberry Commission (calstrawberry.com) for more resources and information. 

About Cal Poly Strawberry Center  

The Cal Poly Strawberry Center was established in 2014 within the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences as a partnership between Cal Poly and the California Strawberry Commission. This one-of-a-kind center is rooted in the hands-on learning approach that defines Cal Poly. The center focuses on applied research incorporating teaching and learning experiences for Cal Poly undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and California strawberry farmers. For more information, please visit www.strawberry.calpoly.edu.