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

Benjamin Grismer—Animal Science

When graduates marched into the College of Agriculture’s commencement ceremony on May 19, 2017, it wasn’t to the tune of the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” that accompanied the platform party before them. Instead, they were led by kilt-sporting, bagpipe-playing Benjamin Grismer, a fellow graduate in animal science. His special touch on the agriculture commencement ceremony was just one of the ways Grismer has left his mark on Chico State since he joined the College of Agriculture in 2015.

News Flash

College of Agriculture Welcomes New Rangeland Management Club

Students interested in rangeland management took the first step in advocating for their passions with the establishment of the College of Agriculture’s newest club. Sept. 14, 2017 marked the inaugural meeting of the CSU, Chico Rangeland Management Club with some 20 students in attendance. 

Ice Cream Social Kicks off Fall Semester

On Sept. 5 more than 300 students, staff, and faculty in the College of Agriculture came together to ring in the new school year at the University Farm with the annual ice cream social. At this event, new students are invited to learn more about the college, mingle with friends and faculty, explore upcoming events and opportunities clubs have to offer, and enjoy an ice cream sundae bar. 

College of Agriculture Economists take Quiz Bowl by Storm

This summer, the Chico State College of Agriculture was well represented at the Agricultural Applied Economic Association Annual Meeting July 29-August 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Coach and Professor Baohui Song accompanied Rayna Barden, Nicholas Barnett, Manuel Brazil, Austin Dowse, Alexander Neumann, and Angie Velasquez.