CSU, Chico

Justin Guadagnolo, Plant Science

Justin Guadagnolo, Plant Science

Justin GuadagnoloSenior Crop Science Major Justin "Skipp" Guadagnolo grew up on his family's farming operation of cherry and walnut orchards. Although straying away from agriculture during junior college to study drama and technical theatre, Guadagnolo returned to agriculture after taking Soils 101, knowing he belonged back on the farm. After obtaining two associates degrees at San Joaquin Delta College, Guadagnolo transferred to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2007 with a new major in crop science.

Guadagnolo decided to attend Chico State for the small town feeling of Chico, which reminded him of his hometown. While attending Chico State, Guadagnolo has been very involved in the Plant and Soil Science Club and recently in Alpha Zeta. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the California Association of Pest Control Advisors, which allows him to network with future employers and other Pest Control Advisors (PCA's).

For Guadagnolo, the College of Agriculture has offered him great hands-on experience in almost every class he has taken. "When I would learn a concept in class," he said, "I had the opportunity to immediately apply it in the field." Guadagnolo's most memorable experience was during the school year of 2007-2008 when he was given 10 acres of ground at the school farm on which to grow winter wheat. Guadagnolo had to make all the management decisions for the plot and was responsible for every aspect of the crop.

Outside of his studies, Guadagnolo enjoys traveling.  "Most of my travels have been all along the West Coast, and each trip has been great, but my favorite place to visit has to be Monterey, Calif., because for me it is so peaceful and relaxing," said Guadagnolo. Other favorite pastimes of Guadagnolo include four-wheeling his truck and riding his quad.

His roommate, Juan Gomez Jr., has been most influential to him while at Chico State. Guadagnolo credits Gomez for pushing him to become co-president of the Plant Science Club and to take more units. "If it were not for him, I would not be graduating this soon." Guadagnolo thanks all of his teachers, "they have been great too, I have nothing but great things to say about Chico State."

Guadagnolo has worked as a field scout for Mid Valley Ag since 2005, and hopes to become a PCA with Mid Valley the summer after obtaining his PCA license. When asked what his future goals are, Guadagnolo put it well, stating, "My future goals are simple. I plan to be the best Pest Control Advisor that I can be, nothing more and nothing less." In 10 years he plans to be back in his "one-stop-sign" hometown of Linden, Calif., and a top PCA.