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.
When Brett Baker was young, he would frequently visit the Turlock fire station where both his father and grandfather served as firefighters. All he could think about was getting his hands on one of those fire engines and climbing all over it. Like many boys, Baker grew up wanting to become a firefighter. Now a junior in college, Baker has reached that goal and is working towards his next dream of becoming a high school agriculture teacher
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, students Elmer Barrueta, Laura Boots, Erik Spitzer, Suzette Turner and Betzy Valdez, along with faculty Ana Medic, Garrett Liles and Hossein Zakeri attended the 2017 Annual California Plant and Soil Conference, hosted by the American Society of Agronomy California Chapter at the Fresno Convention Center. Boots took second place in the undergraduate poster contest, and Turner won a $1,000 scholarship in the student essay competition.
Seven CSU, Chico students attended the Society for Range Management (SRM) annual conference in St. George, Utah, from Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2017, and two of them were elected to national offices. Ariana Altier, Zach Bauer, Bridgette Eldridge, Danielle Hedglin, Emily Krahn, Andrea Oliver-LaCome and Alex Orozco-Lopez made the trip, along with animal science professor Kasey DeAtley. Orozco-Lopez was elected secretary of the SRM Student Conclave, and Oliver-LaCome will serve as the public relations chair for the Young Professionals Conclave for the coming year.
The California State University, Chico’s livestock judging team spent 20 days on the road during winter break, representing the University at practices and competitions across the country and placing in the top ten at two separate national livestock judging contests.