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Agriculture Professor Joins Elite Science Advisory Board

Date: 11-07-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico agriculture professor Cynthia Daley has been named to the science advisory board for The Organic Center, a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C.

Daley is one of 24 scientists named to the newly formed board. Established in 2002, the center conducts scientific research on organic food and farming and on sustainable agriculture and health. The science advisory board will expand the center’s internal scientific expertise and act as an outside evaluator on issues that arise in the organic field, said Jessica Shade, The Organic Center’s director of scientific programs.

“This is an unprecedented gathering of the best minds on sustainable food and farming,” Shade said. “All are distinguished researchers who are recognized for excellence in the field of organic research.”

Specifically, board members will help inform the center on a broad array of organic topics, respond to emerging issues of importance to organic agriculture, help identify future scientific focus areas and collaborate on research in priority areas.

A CSU, Chico professor since 1998, Daley serves as the director of the University’s Organic Dairy Program, the first of its kind on the West Coast. Her research topics include the economics of reduced grain feeding under intensive grazing management, the impact of amending soils on forage quality and productivity, and the benefits of grass-based diets on milk nutritional quality.

She holds a doctorate degree in endocrinology from UC Davis and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from Fresno State University and the University of Illinois, respectively. She joins scientists from Harvard University, UC Berkeley and Cornell University in serving on the board.

“Dr. Cindy Daley is not only an accomplished scientist and researcher and a fantastic teacher, she is also an experienced organic farmer,” said CSU, Chico College of Agriculture Dean Jennifer Fox. “Her science-based practical knowledge will be an asset to The Organic Center as well as to the farmers they serve.”

“I’m looking forward to using my expertise in the organic industry to guide the research program and funding decisions for proposal review, as well as providing expert testimony as issues come to the table,” Daley said.

CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture, one of only four CSU ag colleges in the state, has seen its enrollment double since 2006. Students in animal science, crop science, ag business and ag education receive hands-on experience at the 800-acre University Farm, which boasts a U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected meat processing plant and an Irrigation Training Facility along with the organic dairy.