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  •  FAI MBA Students Place 2nd in Competition

    In mid-June, 5 MBAs from Santa Clara University took on the competition at this year’s International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) conference in Frankfurt, Germany, returning home with the 2nd place award in hand.  Entitled “The Road to 2050: Sustainability as Business Opportunity,” the conference called teams to explore the relationship between business practice and sustainable methods for meeting global food demand.

    The team, comprised of Brian Avants (MBA, Class of 2011), Suhas Mehta (2012), Justin Porter (2011), Dylan Salisbury (2010), and Didier Tshimbalanga (2012), competed against nine other teams from agribusiness programs across the globe including but not limited to Brazil, South Africa, and The Netherlands, only being edged out by Kansas State according to Dr. Gregory Baker, professor of management and director of the SCU Food and Agribusiness Institute. 

    With coaching from FAI MBA student/previous competition 1st place recipient Michael Enos and FAI Assistant Director Jessica Gagnon, the team showed up well prepared and determined to prove that their case study analysis skills were worthy of international recognition.  In addition to group recognition, team member Justin Porter was recognized as a best paper finalist. 

    Placing in this competition is not unfamiliar to the SCU team who claimed gold in the 2009 conference held in Hungary.  Congratulations team!

    Check out photos from the event on Flickr

  •  Follow Your Food: Strawberries

    12-1:30 PM in the Williman Room
    Tuesday, May 17th
    Lunch will be provided.
    RSVP required by 5/13 to

    Enjoy a meal featuring strawberries as you learn about where strawberries are locally sourced, how many are consumed on campus, and their nutritional value and other fun facts about this summertime fruit.

    Sponsored by the Food & Agribusiness Institute and Bon Appetit.

    The Follow Your Food Series
    The Follow Your Food Series is jointly sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute and Bon Appétit.  Faculty, staff, and students will enjoy a meal featuring a fresh, seasonal, and local food product while learning more about where that product is locally sourced, how much of it is consumed on campus, the history and nutritional value of the item and more.

  •  Food for Thought Speaker Series: Seed Matters

    Planting the Foundation of a Sustainable Food Future

    Featuring Matthew Dillon, advisor to Clif Bar Family Foundation SEED MATTERS and founder of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)

    Monday, May 9th
    12 p.m.
    Forbes Family Conference Center
    Lucas Hall, Room 126

    Lunch provided; RSVP required by 5/4

    As we face today’s challenges –– climate change, environmental degradation, shrinking natural resource base, and an expanding population –– the development of seed resources and improved ecological approaches in farming will play an increasingly important role in our food future. Organic food systems not only feed the world more safely, they also provide multiple solutions to the global environmental, economic, and social challenges we face. Organic has been a success story with tangible benefits - producing high quality crops, contributing to the development of food self-sufficiency, and the viability of family farms and rural communities who have been in crisis for decades. So much already has been accomplished with so little investment in research, resources, and infrastructure relative to conventional agriculture. The benefits of organic farming will expand exponentially as research and education increase. Seed is the first critical link in improving our sustainable food future, and as such investment in organic seed systems is a priority. Clif Bar Family Foundation has launched "Seed Matters" to increase research funding, advocacy, and education on the benefits of organic seed systems for a sustainable food future.

    Sponsored by the Food & Agribusiness Institute.

    Cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Bronco Urban Gardens, and the Environmental Studies Institute.

  •  Canceled: Annual Alumni & Friends Picnic

    Regretfully, the FAI Alumni and Friends Picnic has been canceled due to lower than expected ticket sales.  Please join us for the always popular Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

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