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.
Taylor LaRossa, a senior majoring in agriculture business, has deep roots in farming and ranching. The Escalon native knew that she would find like-minded friends within the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. So when she arrived on campus as a freshman, LaRossa pushed herself to branch out and try new things outside of her agricultural heritage. She soon found her way to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where her leadership qualities have translated into academic and career-driven success.
On Friday, April 10, California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture hosted its annual Ag Day. The event is held each year to promote agricultural literacy among children. This year, approximately 100 kindergarten and first-grade students as well as teachers visited the University Farm from local Chico elementary schools to learn about agriculture.
On Thursday, April 9, the College of Agriculture hosted a scholarship ceremony to recognize the recipients of its 2014 awards, and thank generous donors for their contributions and support of agriculture students.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture and the Butte College Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted the 47th annual Future Farmers of America Field Day on March 14 at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Butte College campus and CSU, Chico main campus.