STUDENTS SEEK VOTES FOR BEST AG EXPO VIDEO

Fresno State Video Seeks Public Votes for World Ag Expo Award

A Fresno 
State student-produced video touting the university’s role in agriculture 
education is among 10 global finalists for the World Ag Expo 2014 
video contest. Now the students seek public support to be chosen as the 
best.

Students Michael Price and Connor
 Alstrom learned this week that their five-minute submission, “Fresno State Trains Students to 
Feed Tomorrow's World” that involved Fresno State
 agriculture, business and art students, made it to the final round for a chance
 at the $3,000 cash prize.

The contest winner is determined by the number of public votes, and supporters can vote once daily until Jan 27. The winner will 
be announced on Jan. 31, two weeks prior to the annual expo in Tulare, 
Feb.11-13, where the top video will be played and recognized.

To promote the expo’s 2014 theme, “Feeding
 Tomorrow's World,” entrants were asked to find creative ways to tell the true
 story of agriculture. Anyone 30 years of age or younger was eligible to enter.

"Farmers and ranchers are dedicated to 
providing us with a safe and consistent supply of food and fiber. We want the 
public's help to tell their stories," said Jerry Sinift, chief executive 
officer of the International Agri-Center.

The 
Fresno State production incorporated students from the Plant Science Department 
in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Lyle’s Center for 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the College of Arts and Humanities. 

Alstrom is an Entrepreneurship 
major from Fresno and a Craig Business Scholar who went
 through the Lyles Center Student Hatchery program at Fresno
 State. He was also a Network for Teaching
 Entrepreneurship (NFTE) student when attending Bullard High.

Price 
is a mass communication and
 Journalism major from Fresno and a current Hatchery student with his own private
 venture, Price Right Productions. While in high school, 
Price was the winner of the 2010 Contest hosted through Fresno Works.

They said they made the Ag Expo video to show how 
Fresno State leads the Central Valley in producing educated workers in the agriculture
industry.

“These 
students are the future leaders of the agriculture industry in America, the world's
 breadbasket,” Alstrom said. “Investing in 
programs and students at Fresno State is the best way to advance agriculture so
 we are able to feed tomorrow's world.”

Price
 said wining this contest would not only bring exposure to their own ventures but
 also “to the students of Fresno State and the advancements that they will bring 
to the future of agriculture.” 

Eric Liguori, Lyles Center assistant director, said the project 
represents the collaboration between faculty and students in several of
 Fresno State's colleges.

“Not only does it demonstrate the exceptional skill 
level present in our student entrepreneurs, but also the outstanding efforts of
our agricultural department,” he said.

Others involved in the video included Dr. Bruce Roberts, professor 
of Plant Science, Elizabeth Mosqueda, president of Plant Science Club, 
and fellow plant science majors Zac Borges, Jeremy Mora and Luis Toledo.

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