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California budget sends $18.5 million to Cal Poly Pomona for climate change studies – Daily Bulletin

Cal Poly Pomona has been awarded $18.5 million in one-time funding to support new agricultural facilities and equipment for student research, the university announced Monday, Aug. 1.

The 2022-23 California budget allocated a total of $75 million to programs at four California State Universities with campus farms – Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chico and CSU Fresno. The funding will support programs that study methods to combat the effects of climate change on the state’s nearly $50 billion agriculture and food industry. The funds will provide new student labs, equipment and programming on campuses across the state.

Cal Poly Pomona proposed three projects during the budget process — a beekeeping lab, improved farming equipment and a processing lab to research plant-based protein alternatives. The processing lab would need additional funding to move forward, according to the university.

These projects are currently under review for cost and feasibility based on the state’s funding commitment, the university noted in a press release.

“With this commitment of state funds”, said Martin Sancho-Madriz, interim dean of Don B. Huntley College of Agriculturestudents “will have access to additional cutting-edge technologies to enhance their ability to contribute to climate change research and drive change in agriculture.”

The Huntley College of Agriculture is the university’s founding college and provides students with hands-on learning. This includes campus farmnutrition and livestock programs.

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