CSU, Chico

Casey Miller, Animal Science

Casey Miller, Animal Science

Casey MillerA Northern California native, Casey Miller, is no exception to the quality that Chico State students are known for. Miller grew up in Orland on a commercial cow-calf operation, and upon graduation from high school she attended Butte College. In fall 2007 Miller enrolled in the College of Agriculture, double majoring in agricultural business and animal science, with an emphasis in production, along with a minor in business administration.

"Chico State has exposed me to different experiences that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Through our animal science department I was not only able to learn about all aspects of Californian beef production, but also had an amazing opportunity to intern on a cattle ranch in Queensland, Australia. How many people do you know who've had that opportunity?" Miller's list doesn't stop there. In addition to her hands-on experience and traveling opportunities, she thanks the college for expanding her leadership abilities and preparing her to promote agriculture to the best of her ability.

In addition to her current office as president of Chico State's Young Cattlemen's Association, Miller is also involved at the state level. She is serving as the vice chair for the California YCA. As if Miller's plate isn't full enough she is also an active member of Chico's Agricultural Ambassadors. Miller's involvement on campus has been recognized on various occasions. In 2009 she was awarded the "YCA Member of the Year" award.

Outside of the classroom and her extracurricular activities, Miller is a student grader for Dr. Patrick Doyle and an office assistant for Associate Dean Dave Daley. Miller's involvement within the classroom, campus clubs and organizations, and work experience has provided her with a well-rounded and impressive list of qualifications.

The 22 year old said that she can often be found "spending time with my family and friends, being outside and working with animals, and promoting the benefits of cattle ranching." Miller, who is still very involved with the family ranch, attributes her passion for the agriculture industry to her direct involvement in production. She strongly believes that it is important for the youth of the agriculture industry to be as involved and as educated as possible, because they are the ones who will be filling the shoes of California agriculturalists in the future.

When asked what her plans for the future hold, Miller responded, "I plan to stay in Northern California and hopefully obtain a job within the agriculture industry in which I can continue to promote agriculture while still helping to operate the family ranch in Orland. I hope to have my own commercial cattle herd and carry on the ranching tradition."