Public Affairs

Agriculture, Entertainment Groups Discuss Industry Needs

March 25, 2010
By Marilyn Pitts

The CSU Agriculture Advisory Council met at CSU Chico recently to discuss issues impacting the CSU and California’s agribusiness. Chancellor Charles B. Reed presented an update on the CSU’s budget challenges, explained the new graduation initiative and discussed the CSU’s ongoing efforts to support its agricultural programs.

Grown up and child hands picking up soil.

The CSU has submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a request for $3 million for its Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI), which received a $693,000 federal earmark last year. Additionally, the CSU is asking Congress to fund two new Farm Bill programs—to build capacity at nonland grant colleges of agriculture and to provide resources for Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities. 

The CSU’s Entertainment Advisory Council will discuss at its March 30 meeting at HBO's headquarters in Santa Monica the recession and its impact on the industry’s future workforce demands. Chancellor Reed will lead the discussion, which will include a review of the CSU’s Media Internship program that has placed 650 students in internships in the entertainment industry and the Visiting Fellows Program that has had 60 industry professionals, including Francis Ford Coppola and Luis Valdez, visit CSU campuses. The council will also discuss how the CSU can continue to work with industry professionals to develop programs to better meet today’s market.

The agriculture and entertainment advisory councils were formed as the result of the CSU’s 2004 Economic Impact Report, which is currently being updated. The report highlights the CSU’s role in providing the workforce for the state’s competitive industries. More information.