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

Sierra Meyers, Agriculture Education

In the Future Farmers of America Creed, E.M. Tiffany states, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”

While most students in the College of Agriculture can relate to some part of the FFA Creed, California State University, Chico agricultural education credential student Sierra June Meyers finds a connection to almost every paragraph. 

News Flash

Agriculture Economics Team Competes in National Quiz Bowl

On July 28, 2014, eight California State University, Chico students headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to test their knowledge of agricultural economics in a national quiz bowl. The Academic Bowl took place during an annual meeting of the Applied Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).

Report Details Ag’s Economic Contributions

Nearly one in five jobs in northeastern California, and 16 percent of all economic activity in the region, is connected to agriculture, according to a report issued by the Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico. 

Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathalon

Four students from California State University, Chico competed in the Academic Quadrathalon at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in San Angelo, Texas, June 23-24, 2014. Glenn Blakey, Spencer Downey, Austin Fischer and Kate Moore tied for second in the grueling two-day competition, which included a laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl. Moore also placed fourth in the undergraduate poster competition, where she presented her research on the effects of brewer’s yeast on growth performance and carcass measures in feedlot finishing steers. 

Featured Event

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend - October 11, 2014

Location: University Farm

Taste the bounty of Butte County agriculture while traveling the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. 

The CSU, Chico University Farm is one of many local farms on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail that are open to the public during Passport Weekend.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2014.   For more information visit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail website.