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Farmer Experiential Education and Development

Cal Poly’s FEED is an intensive 12-week, academic credit certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful beginning farmers while also providing a supportive environment to support their long term success in the agricultural industry.

FEED is specifically designed to serve veterans and local, disadvantaged farm laborers. The program is also designed to provide post certification mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career to create a foundation for long-term success.

The first cohort of FEED is tentatively scheduled for 12 weeks beginning June 19 through September 8, 2017. The expected cost is $6,500, pending formal campus approvals. This cost does not include room and board.


FEED is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which allows military veterans to apply their Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation. If you are an eligible veteran, please follow the link to apply for VA Benefits: For additional information about veteran services, please visit Cal Poly's Veteran Success Center.

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FEED Courses

Course NBR Course Title Units Short Description
AG 339 Internship in Agriculture 4 Selected students will spend up to 12 weeks with an approved agricultural firm engaged in production or related business. Time will be spent applying and developing production and managerial skills and abilities. One unit of credit may be allowed for each full week of completed and reported internship.
AGB 322 Principles of Agribusiness Management 4 Organization and operation of agribusinesses. Identification of factors affecting profitability. Evaluation of the business for increased efficiency and profit. Application of budgeting to representative firms and independent analysis of an agribusiness.
BRAE 141 Agricultural Machinery Safety 3 Evaluation of safe tractor and equipment operation. Supervised field operation emphasizing the safe and efficient performance of modern farm and utility-industrial equipment.
BRAE 340 Irrigation Water Management 4 Soil-plant-water relationships; evapotranspiration; irrigation schedules; salinity and drainage; irrigation efficiency. Water measurement; soil moisture measurement; irrigation systems and practical constraints affecting scheduling. California water supply and budget; water rights; local, state and federal water institutions; California water issues.
SS 131 Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems 4 Soils' ecological functions; soil and the water cycle; soil in production of food, fiber, and forest materials; techniques and reports of soil analyses with agricultural and environmental applications; soil quality; introductory overview of soils and civilizations.

Additional topics will be covered outside of the formal academic courses including hydroponic and greenhouse production, traditional row crop production, and orchard production through hands-on experiences in the internship course, farm tours, and guest speaker appearances from industry experts.

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