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A student harvests hydroponically-grown strawberries in this file photo at AGRIscapes, site of the College of Agriculture's 75th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 3.

FLASHBACK: College of Agriculture to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Editor’s Note: Cal Poly Pomona is running a series of flashback stories this week in honor of the renaming of the College of Agriculture to the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture. This story originally ran May 1, 2014. 

Although most of Southern California’s farmland and citrus groves have turned into freeways and suburban sprawl since Cal Poly Pomona was founded in 1938, the university has remained an oasis for farming and agricultural education.

“We’re the only four-year agriculture program south of the Tehachapis,” says Les Young, the retiring College of Agriculture dean. “We continue to operate a 700-acre farm in the middle of three freeways and 13 million people,