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 Holmberg-Douglas – Animal Science

Agriculture students at California State University, Chico are eternally grateful for junior animal science and biochemistry major Natalie Holmberg-Douglas. This semester, the College of Agriculture decided to hire someone to provide free tutoring to College of Agriculture students in chemistry. As secretary of the Chico Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), and with a cumulative 3.79 GPA, Holmberg-Douglas more than fit the bill. A pre-vet student, Holmberg-Douglas took on the onerous task of double majoring to give her an added advantage when later applying to veterinary schools.

News Flash

Agriculture Economics Team Competes in National Quiz Bowl

On July 28, 2014, eight California State University, Chico students headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to test their knowledge of agricultural economics in a national quiz bowl. The Academic Bowl took place during an annual meeting of the Applied Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).

Report Details Ag’s Economic Contributions

Nearly one in five jobs in northeastern California, and 16 percent of all economic activity in the region, is connected to agriculture, according to a report issued by the Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico. 

Tuesday Last Day for Peaches

The U-Pick Peach Orchard at the California State University, Chico Paul L. Byrne Memorial University Farm will close for the season on Tuesday, August 12. 

Featured Event

New Student Ice Cream Social - September 4, 2014

Location: University Farm-Pavilion

New students in the College of Agriculture are invited to the University Farm for ice cream, networking with faculty, and learning about student organizations.

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend - October 11, 2014

Location: University Farm

Taste the bounty of Butte County agriculture while traveling the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. 

The CSU, Chico University Farm is one of many local farms on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail that are open to the public during Passport Weekend.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2014.   For more information visit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail website.

CSU, Chico Sheep & Goat Day - February 7, 2015

Location: University Farm

CSU, Chico Sheep and Goat Day

For more information, contact Dr. Celina Johnson by phone (530-898-4147) or e-mail, or visit the Sheep and Goat Unit web site.

Alumni Breakfast at the Colusa Farm Show - February 4, 2015

Location: Colusa Fairgrounds

Alumni Breakfast at the Colusa Farm Show

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Time: 7:00 AM

Location: Colusa Fairgrounds - Saint Bernadette’s Hall at 745 Ware Street

Alumni and friends are invited to attend the 13th Annual Colusa Farm Show Breakfast hosted by alumni of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, and Alpha Gamma Rho.  The breakfast will take place Saint Bernadette’s Hall, 745 Ware Street, conveniently located directly behind the Colusa Farm Show grounds.

Proceeds from the breakfast support California Agricultural Leadership Foundation Fellowships as well as Chico State Ag Alumni scholarships and academic needs.  If you are unable to attend but would like to support these programs, checks may be made payable to California Ag Leadership Foundation and sent to CSU, Chico Farm, 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane, Chico, CA 95928. 

Tickets for the breakfast are $25.  While you may purchase your ticket at the door for an additional $5, we ask that youRSVP to the College of Agriculture at 530-898-5844 on or before Wednesday, January 21, 2015 to help us with our planning. 

National FFA Convention - October 29, 2014

Location: Louisville, KY

National FFA Convention 

The National FFA Convention will be held in Louisville, KY on October 29 - November 1, 2014. Follow the link below for more information.