CSU, Chico

College of Agriculture


If it were just food and fiber, it would be indispensable. But agriculture is more than that. It’s both the promise of sustenance for a hungry world and a source of enjoyment in a demanding world. It is education and entertainment. It is land use and landscape. It is natural sustainability and national security.

It is a confluence of biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, engineering, meteorology, biotechnology, economics, finance, marketing, packaging, distribution, sales, and sociology. Essentially, agriculture is life.

For 60 years, the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico has impacted the quality of life in California and across the nation by educating and equipping agricultural leaders who have the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and decision-making ability that allows them to excel in their chosen career. The close, friendly nature of our college, combined with an integrated agricultural curriculum and remarkable access to hands-on education, creates a fertile learning environment for our students and the agriculture industry we serve.

Student Spotlight

Bella Leventini, Agriculture Education

While most children grow up spending their summers swimming and enjoying the time off school, Bella Leventini’s summers were anything but a break. During the warm months, you could find the 2016 Star Student in Agricultural Education assisting her grandparents with their 100-head ewe operation in Modesto, the heart of the Central Valley. 

News Flash

Chico State Wins Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

Four students from California State University, Chico took first place at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon hosted at the CSU, Chico University Farm on April 15-16. Students Joel Wisniewski, Julie Allen, Heather Foxworthy, and Kenzie Wattenburger competed in two days of competition that included a laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl.

Professor Wins Award for Doctoral Dissertation

Animal Science Professor Michael Chao received the 2016 Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at an award luncheon in Lincoln on April 12. 

Plant Sale at University Farm

Gardeners, plant enthusiasts and the general public are invited to a plant sale at the University Farm greenhouse complex. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through the end of April, or until supplies run out. Plants available for sale include organic vegetable and herb starts, annual and perennial flowers, and other plants, ranging in price from $2 to $5. 

Featured Event

21st Annual Superior Ag Golf Classic - June 6, 2016

Location: Butte Creek Country Club

Plans are underway for the 21st Annual Superior Ag/Tri Counties Bank Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016 at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, California. Over the last 20 years, this annual golf tournament has generated nearly $700,000 and has become one of the area’s most popular fundraising events. All proceeds go directly to scholarships and other worthy programs in the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture. 

The 2016 tournament brochure can be viewed here.