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

Natalie Oelsner – Agricultural Science and Education

“Competitor,” “leader,” and “coach” are only a few words that describe senior agricultural education major Natalie Oelsner. She embodies competition—leading the CSU, Chico women’s rugby team, coaching youth sports teams, and excelling in her studies at CSU, Chico. 

News Flash

Sigma Alpha Spring 2015 Recruitment

Spring recruitment for Sigma Alpha Sorority will take place Feb. 2–6, 2015, with events occurring throughout the week. Sigma Alpha is a professional agriculture sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship among its members.

Livestock Judging Team Kicks Off Season with Success in Denver

California State University, Chico’s Livestock Judging Team launched its 2015 season with an impressive species win at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. on January 15, 2015. The team placed first in swine judging, led by Gino Farinelli, who won high individual in swine, and Justine Henderson, who placed ninth. The team ended up 11th overall in the contest. 

Interim Dean Elected California Cattlemen’s Association First Vice President

California State University, Chico College of Agriculture Interim Dean Dave Daley was elected first vice president of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Daley was elected at the 98th Annual CCA and California CattleWomen Inc. (CCW) Convention, which took place at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, Nev.