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.
Taylor LaRossa, a senior majoring in agriculture business, has deep roots in farming and ranching. The Escalon native knew that she would find like-minded friends within the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. So when she arrived on campus as a freshman, LaRossa pushed herself to branch out and try new things outside of her agricultural heritage. She soon found her way to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where her leadership qualities have translated into academic and career-driven success.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture and the Butte College Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host their annual FFA Field Day on March 14 at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Butte College campus and CSU, Chico main campus. More than 2,000 students are registered to compete in 23 contests including agriculture mechanics, agriculture sales, meat judging and veterinary science judging.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture hosted its 12th annual career and internship fair on Feb. 18 at the University Farm pavilion. Thirty-eight companies attended the event to recruit students. Alltech, Driscolls, Foster Farms, J.G. Boswell, The Lyman/Tremont Group, The Morning Star Company and Rabobank were among the event’s gold sponsors. American Ag Credit, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Farm Credit West, Simplot, Sustainable Seed Co. and Tanimura & Antle were also sponsors of the event.
On Feb. 2, 2015, students from CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture joined Professor Kasey DeAtley at the National Society for Range Management in Sacramento, where they competed in the Rangeland Cup Competition and participated in the University tradeshow booth. The students placed second in the Rangeland Cup Competition and third in the tradeshow competition.