AGRIscapes, College of Agriculture Focus Of Nationally Broadcast Radio Feature

AGRIscapes, College of Agriculture Focus Of Nationally Broadcast Radio Feature
Award-winning broadcast journalist Charles Osgood of “The Osgood File” spoke about AGRIscapes.
Ed Barnes, associate vice president for executive affairs, was interviewed for a syndicated radio program.

Not only does good news travel fast, often times it earns a repeat performance. Such was the case on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when a national radio feature focusing on Cal Poly Pomona?s College of Agriculture and its AGRIscapes project was rebroadcast over the CBS Radio Network.

Ed Barnes, associate vice president for executive affairs, and graduate student Sherry Shiliskey were interviewed for a segment of ?The Osgood File,? a syndicated program featuring award-winning broadcast journalist Charles Osgood. The 3½-minute piece originally aired on April 12 and replayed on Tuesday. It was heard in Southern California at 6:25 a.m. on KNX/1070.

Entitled ?Agriculture School for the 21st Century,? the segment spoke of Cal Poly Pomona?s history of agriculture education and how it has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of urban society.

?It was a tremendous opportunity for the university and AGRIscapes to reach such a national audience,? says Barnes.

The following is a written transcript of the broadcast. For additional story information, check out Suburban Agriculture . More information about AGRIscapes can be viewed at

(Reprinted courtesy Westwood One/The Osgood File)

The Osgood File. I'm Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network. American Agricultural Colleges are about farms and food. But one of them is being eaten up by urban sprawl. The story after this. Standby.

The College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona began in 1938, teaching students to farm the citrus groves that once covered Southern California. But much of that has been paved over. The University has had to rethink its mission. Dr. Ed Barnes is associate vice president.

BARNES: ?What does a College of Agriculture do in an urban setting? If we're not in the heartland of the country where we're surrounded by wheat, corn and soybeans.?

Cal Poly Pomona now has what it calls AGRIscapes, a 40-acre center devoted to teaching students like Sherry Shiliskey about modern agriculture.

SHILISKEY: ?There are such large urban areas in California and that's probably one of the better reasons that people are ignorant about agriculture.?

At AGRIscapes, Schiliskey and her fellow students are learning the science of growing food AND the art of marketing and selling it as well. Dr. Barnes.

BARNES: ?Agriculture is much more than just producing crops. Today most of our graduates learn computer skills or business skills because that's what they need to compete in a global environmental business.?

Students work the fields and the public is encouraged to come to AGRIscapes to see how food gets to the table.

SHILISKEY: ?We have a pasture out in front, in the back, we've got palm trees, fruit trees. Further down the street, we have a lot of industrial complexes.?

Dr. Barnes.

BARNES: ?I think people need to understand that the trees we plant in our cities, that the turf we put in our backyards and the gardens we have growing are all part of this urban and agricultural issue that we are talking about.?

The Osgood File. Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.
The Osgood File. September 10, 2002

An aerial view of the AGRIscapes complex and the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch.