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.
Not many people care enough about an issue to take on city hall, but that’s what senior agriculture education major Alesha Turner did. The San Diego native spent her teenage years successfully lobbying the city council in her home town of El Cajon to legalize the ownership of backyard chickens. What started as a young girl’s garden hobby, sparked a love of agriculture and food production that led one non-traditional agriculture student to CSU, Chico.
Produce Marketing Association (PMA) held its annual Foodservice Conference in Monterey, July 24-26, 2015. California State University, Chico students Amanda Alves, Riley Quinn and Annelise Wipfli attended as part of the Produce Marketing Association’s Career Pathways Program, which enables agriculture students without a background in produce to gain exposure to the industry.
Students from California State University, Chico placed in two collegiate competitions at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in Ruidoso, New Mexico June 22-23, 2015. The team of Lauren Huffaker, Ashton Hubbard, Donnielle Reynolds and Angela Faryan tied for first place in the oral presentation component of the Academic Quadrathalon, and the team placed fourth overall in the competition. Additionally, Kaylee Bohn and Grace Woodmansee presented research posters in the undergraduate research competition in which Woodmansee placed third.
The Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico has released the second in a three-year series of reports detailing the economic contributions of agriculture to the North State economy. Nearly one in five jobs in northeastern California and 17 percent of all economic activity in the region are connected to agriculture, according to the report.