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.
Not many people care enough about an issue to take on city hall, but that’s what senior agriculture education major Alesha Turner did. The San Diego native spent her teenage years successfully lobbying the city council in her home town of El Cajon to legalize the ownership of backyard chickens. What started as a young girl’s garden hobby, sparked a love of agriculture and food production that led one non-traditional agriculture student to CSU, Chico.
The Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico has released the second in a three-year series of reports detailing the economic contributions of agriculture to the North State economy. Nearly one in five jobs in northeastern California and 17 percent of all economic activity in the region are connected to agriculture, according to the report.
The 2015 College of Agriculture Star Students and Club of the Year were announced at the biannual Dean's Luncheon on May 6, 2015. Interim Dean Dave Daley made the presentations.
California State University, Chico’s Young Cattlemen’s Association (YCA) hosted its second annual Beefin’ It Up 5K at the University Farm on Saturday, April 25. The event featured educational booths that provided 60 participants with information on heart-healthy diets that include beef consumption.