Farm Is Home To Innovative Facility
California State University, Fresno’s campus farm will soon become home to a state‐of‐the‐art demonstration facility for innovative water and energy management technologies in agriculture.
Some $450,000 in funding from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and supported by irrigation and water technology manufacturers, the center is planned to demonstrate how innovation can save significant amounts of energy and water while preserving water quality in farm operations.
CSUF’s farm contains nearly 1,000 acres and includes vineyards, tree fruit orchards, nut orchards, row crops, and dairy and winery facilities.
Full‐scale production units will be available to demonstrate how farmers, ranchers and students can benefit from new water and energy technologies and management.
Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology will be working with manufacturers to design, install and monitor the most advanced water‐ and energy‐saving systems available.
“We are looking forward to working with PG&E and others to create this center that will focus on the water/energy nexus and education,” said David Zoldoske, CIT Director.
“Saving water and energy is important in supporting the agricultural industry across California to continue to grow, prosper and feed the world. We are excited about being able to help educate the ag community with innovative ideas and resources,” added Zoldoske.
Educational seminars are expected to begin by summer.