The Agribusiness & Food Industry Management program emphasizes the Cal Poly Pomona 'learn by doing' philosophy. We implement this through our participation in intercollegiate competitions, conferences, and trade shows. We have a long history of competing in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) business and marketing plan competitions. We also compete in the National Grocers Association (NGA) case study competition and the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) Student Food Marketing Challenge. Students have also traveled to the Central California Research Symposium to present research results. This provides our students with the opportunity to present in front of judges from the industry, network with industry representatives, meet students and professors from other universities, and experience trade shows.
The benefits from students participating are immense. Not only do they learn how to do presentations in high pressure situations, they also develop their soft skills through engaging with industry representatives and others at the events. Some students have never left the Los Angeles area, so these activities broaden their horizons and show them the scope of the agri-food industry.
Since 2014, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management students have traveled to Jacksonville, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Diego; Fresno, and Las Vegas, Nevada for competitions and conferences. Such trips require significant funding. Expenses include airplane tickets, conference fees, meals, uniforms, etc. Your donation of any size will go a long way toward making these valuable learning experiences possible.
Thanks in advance for your support!