SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - It's a tough time for strawberry farmers.
Their crops face several problems, but now a new program at Cal Poly aims to help them.
Strawberry farms are seeing a labor shortage, drought and one of their pesticides have been banned.
The California Strawberry Commission asked Cal Poly for help.
Together, they are building a new research center to find a solutions.
Not only will the center protect the $2 billion industry, the research will offer a hands-on experience for students and may eventually be used to help other farmers.
The program is starting off with just a staff of four or five but the college plans to build a place for research, conferences, a farm and a greenhouse.
The commission paid the school $1 million for the beginning three years of the program.