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Cal Poly's Organic Farm is ranked 18th in the nation!
A ranking by College Values Online placed Cal Poly's Organic Farm as 18th of 100 college farms surveyed. To read how the rankings were determined, and which farms were placed in the Top 30, please click here.

HCS Staff Member Wins University Honor
Launnie Ginn was awarded one of 3 university distinguised staff awards for 2015-16. Launnie Ginn has served as an Instructional Support Technician for the Horticulture and Crop Science Department for the past 17 years. He is a role model for support technicians across campus. He is extremely supportive of students and faculty in his department, as well as the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). He is the "go to" person for help at the Crops Unit. Launnie works above and beyond his assignment. He is extremely dedicated to the success of the HCS Department and, ultimately, Cal Poly. Students from all majors seek his input and advice relative to Enterprise project questions and concerns. He is devoted and loyal. Launnie is always a willing participant in any and all activities that will show this university, college or department in a positive light. He always does it with a heartfelt smile and willingness to set aside his project to help others.

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Want a Job? Major in Agriculture!
A new 2015 report published by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, highlights the need for graduates in agriculture and the shortage of students majoring in fields related to plant science. To quote from the report, “Plant science graduates at all degree levels will find excellent career opportunities. They will find many opportunities for plant geneticists, plant pathologists, and insect biologists to develop higher-yielding crops adapted to less-than-optimal growing conditions. Demand also will be strong for expertise in production of sustainable products made from wood and other biomaterials.” Opportunities will also increase for students majoring in water management, human and animal nutrition, agricultural technology and sustainable agriculture.
Read the report "Want a Job? Major in Agriculture."


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HCS Fall Newsletter (PDF)

Catch up on the Winter, 2017 issue of the HCS Department newsletter to learn about student and faculty activities, new initiatives, and student, faculty and alumni success.