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Central Coast university gets nearly $40 million in state grants for agriculture related projects

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is getting nearly $40 million in grants to help its agricultural, food, and environmental science programs.

Funding includes more than $20 million to replace ranch buildings destroyed by 2020 wildfire.

A Central Coast university is receiving nearly $40 million from the state for its food, forestry, and agricultural programs.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is getting more than $20 million to rebuild its Swanton Pacific Ranch, in Santa Cruz County. The ranch was almost completely destroyed by a 2020 wildfire.

In addition to replacing buildings, the one-time state funding will allow the addition of a student education center. The 3200 acre ranch gives students a place to learn state of the art agricultural techniques.

Cal Poly also received $18.75 million for its university farm programs, which include things like sustainable food production and drought resilience.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.