CSU, Chico

Stephanie Horton, Agriculture Business

Stephanie Horton, Agriculture Business

Stephanie HortonSenior Stephanie Horton sure stays busy, double majoring in Agriculture Business and Agriculture with an option in Animal Science-and don't forget the minor in Business Administration! Horton came to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2005, right after graduating from Escalon High School. She chose Chico for the hands-on approach to learning and the low student to faculty ratio. Her high school agriculture teacher, Mr. Farinelli, also strongly recommended Chico State. Horton was on the livestock judging team for the Escalon FFA Chapter, so attending Chico also offered the possibility of joining Chico State's livestock judging team. She did and has secured many awards for the team, including numerous other top 10 finishes at national contests.

Horton is also active in several student organizations, including chancellor of Alpha Zeta, vice president of the Young Cattlemen's Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Horton has also been on the Dean's List all semesters at Chico State, is a 2009 National Alpha Zeta Scholar, and a 2008 champion collegiate food marketing team member in the international division. On top of that Horton somehow found time to be an instructional student assistant for Dr. Baohui Song in the fall 2008, is currently a student research assistant for Dr. Cindy Daley, as well as the walnut sales and marketing intern for the College of Agriculture.

Working with Song and Daley, Horton completed an undergraduate research project at the CSU, Chico organic dairy titled "Economic analysis of high/low grain study for organic, pasture based dairy cows." This summer Horton will be traveling to the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI, to present a poster on her research, which was funded by the Agriculture Research Initiative (ARI) and Organic Valley's Farmers Advocating for Organics (FAFO) fund.

"At CSU, Chico, I have truly become a member of the College of Agriculture family. I have learned how to take the lessons taught in the classroom and apply them to variety of real-world scenarios ranging from laboratory at the University Farm to collegiate competitions," Horton said. "By being involved with such a tight-knit group of students, faculty, and staff, I have been able to diversify my experience in a wide variety of disciplines in the field of agriculture."

Horton can credit a wide range of faculty and staff who have contributed to her personal growth and educational development. "Dr. Cindy Daley, my academic advisor, has kept me on track since my freshmen year," said Horton. "Her emphasis on student-centered learning and academic success helped me to set high scholastic goals for myself."  Horton also acknowledges Dr. Patrick Doyle's willingness to put in extra time and effort to ensure student success, Dr. Baohui Song's enthusiasm and willingness to get involved, and Livestock Judging Coach Clay Carlson, who facilitated her development as a speaker, as an evaluator of livestock, and as a student. "Through our trips across the country, he exposed me to a variety of farming operations and helped me to see the diversity of agriculture in the U.S.," she said.

Following graduation from CSU, Chico, Horton will be attending UC Davis to pursue a Master's degree, and possibly a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics. Upon completion of her degrees she hopes to become involved in agriculture marketing or on-farm economic analyses.