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

Suzette Turner - Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

Suzette Turner has lived and worked on farms in Italy, Denmark, and Germany; has traveled across California planting trees in communities and elementary schools; currently interns with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a soil conservationist; and continues to dedicate her studies to soil, pursuing her dream of rebuilding soil in local and international communities. 

News Flash

Rabobank presents State Water Resources Board Member as Speaker for 15th Annual Colusa Farm Show Breakfast

Dorene “Dee Dee” D’Adamo will provide the keynote address at the 15th annual Colusa Farm Show Rabobank Breakfast. The breakfast will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 in Saint Bernadette’s Hall, 745 Ware St., in Colusa, California, beginning at 7 a.m. 

Student Receives First Organic Dairy Production Award at California State University, Chico

Senior animal science major Kate Carslon is the first to receive a new $2,500 award from California State University, Chico for students who are passionate about the organic dairy industry and look to pursue a career in the industry after graduation. The award was announced at the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Conference and Tradeshow that took place in Grand Mound, Washington, from October 26–27, 2016.  

CSU, Chico Hosts Cattle Judging Contest

On Nov. 20, 2016, CSU, Chico and Ward Cattle Company cohosted their first all-cattle judging contest at the University Farm. Chico State’s Claire Gladman won first high individual, and Emily Dulany achieved second high individual in the contest.