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

Jase Northup, Animal Science

Animal science major Jase Northup grew up in a long line of farmers. His great-grandfather, Everett Northup, moved to California from Iowa at the age of 21 and became the ranch manager of the Rumiano family dairy and beef operation in the city of Vina. Meanwhile, his mother’s grandfather, Merrill Bauer, sold the family’s citrus grove in Orange County and moved to Los Molinos, where he turned a 48-acre hog farm into a dairy. Northup is the fourth generation of his mother’s family to tend the farm, so it is no surprise that he would choose to study agriculture in college.

News Flash

Livestock Judging Team Wins First Competition

The CSU, Chico Livestock Judging Team kicked off its competitive season by sweeping the novice division team competition at the Western Fall Classic in Medford, Oregon, on Oct. 1, 2016. The team of Austin Dowse, Kelley Duggan, Asia Solano, Erica Vietor, Sam Bright, Claire Gladman, Emily Dulany, Alexandra Rocha, Montana Beck and Jordan Munson won the Beef, Sheep, Swine and Questions categories of the competition on their way to winning the High Team Overall distinction. 

Wildcat Leadership Institute, Agriculture Leadership Course Merge Certification

Fall 2016 marks the inaugural semester offering agriculture leadership students a new incentive—a Certificate of Leadership Development from the Wildcat Leadership Institute by enrollment in the agricultural education course AGRI 380A.

Annual Welcome-Back Ice Cream Social Joins New Students, Clubs, Faculty

Sept. 1 marked the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture’s annual ice cream social at the University Farm, allowing new students the opportunity to learn about the College of Agriculture’s clubs and familiarize them with college faculty.