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.
College football is the reason Derek Mench is at CSU, Chico. No, the University hasn’t started a new athletic team. But if Shasta College hadn’t recruited the crops, horticulture, and land resource management major to play football, he would have gone straight to Oregon State University out of high school, where he had already registered for school and applied to live in the dorms. Instead, Shasta College’s football team came calling at the end of his senior year, so Mench withdrew from Oregon State and played football for two years at the community college in Redding. It was at Shasta College, while earning both an associate degree in agriculture sciences and 2013 Defensive All Conference Player recognition, where Mench decided to further his education in agriculture at California State University, Chico.
More than 30 California State University, Chico College of Agriculture students attended the 98th annual convention of the California Cattlemen’s Association & California Cattlewomen Inc. Nov. 20–22, 2014, in Reno, Nevada.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture is gearing up for two of its time-honored winter events. The Red Bluff Ag Social is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2015, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Tehama District Fairgrounds, and the 12th Annual Colusa Farm Show Breakfast will take place Feb. 4 at Saint Bernadette’s Hall, 745 Ware St. in Colusa, at 7 a.m.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture will host its 12th annual Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Pavilion. Last year, over 30 companies including Foster Farms, Wilbur Ellis, Tanimura & Antle and Agribeef recruited students from CSU, Chico and Butte College to take on an internship or career in the agriculture industry.