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.
Agricultural business major Katie Bielen was part of the local food movement before it became popular. The Grass Valley native was born and raised on a small farm that raised a variety of proteins ranging from meat rabbits to poultry. Throughout her childhood, Bielen’s family sold their products to food shops and eateries in the area, and Katie hopes to continue building the local food movement in Nevada County after graduation.
Agriculture’s contribution to Northeastern California’s economy grew in 2014 over the previous year, according to the latest in a series of annual reports from the Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico. One in five jobs and 21 percent of all economic activity in the region was connected to agriculture, up from 17 percent in 2013.
Four students from California State University, Chico took first place at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon hosted at the CSU, Chico University Farm on April 15-16. Students Joel Wisniewski, Julie Allen, Heather Foxworthy, and Kenzie Wattenburger competed in two days of competition that included a laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl.
Animal Science Professor Michael Chao received the 2016 Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at an award luncheon in Lincoln on April 12.