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.
Clarissa Rowley is living proof that graduates from the California State University, Chico College of Agriculture venture out into the world after graduation with drive, passion for the agriculture industry, and hopes and dreams for the future. Rowley’s hopes and dreams are already in the making. An agricultural education graduate, she is now in pursuit of her master’s degree through CSU, Chico’s new online agricultural education master’s program.
The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted its annual State FFA Officer Candidate Training on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the University Farm. Twenty-seven Future Farmers of America (FFA) members spent the weekend developing the skills they will need to run for state FFA office.
The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted its annual Ag Day on Friday, April 4. The event is held each year to promote agricultural literacy among children. This year, approximately 200 kindergarten students and teachers visited the University Farm from Chico elementary schools to learn about agriculture.
College of Agriculture Dean Jennifer Ryder Fox has announced that she will retire from California State University, Chico in June. Fox has served as the dean of the College of Agriculture since 2006.