CSU, Chico

Kevin Ryan, Plant Science

Kevin Ryan, Plant Science

Kevin Ryan

On any given day it is likely that you will find graduating senior Kevin Ryan tending to his crops, cattle, or getting in some extra fishing time. The Salinas, California native is currently pursuing a degree in agriculture science with an option in crops and an emphasis in soils.

The 23-year-old transferred to CSU, Chico from Hartnell Junior College in Monterey County in fall 2007. Ryan said, "The thing that attracted me the most to Chico State was the personalized attention this college offers to its students. Literally, one week after I applied to the college I received an enrollment packet in the mail and a phone call from the agriculture department asking me if I had any questions and making me feel right at home."

Ryan is not only active within his major and the college, but also within the agriculture industry. Ryan has been a partner in a commercial cattle company for over eight years and has worked in field and row crop production for the past two years.

"More recently I have worked in vineyards doing yield forecasting, soil/tissue sampling, and auditing irrigation systems," Ryan said. In addition to Ryan's extensive experience and knowledge, he is also employed at the University Farm within the crops unit.

Ryan currently serves as the co-president of the Chico State Crop Science and Horticulture Club. Reflecting on his year as co-president, Ryan said, "In the last year the membership of the club has doubled due to its new focus on PCA-oriented (Pest Control Advisor) events and conferences. The most notable event the club attended was the California Association of Pest Control Advisors conference in Reno last fall." No doubt these improvements are a product of Ryan's hard work. In addition, to his involvement within the Plant science department, Ryan is also an active member of Chico State's Young Cattlemen's Association.

"Chico State has given me a solid knowledge base from which I can build and develop into my professional life," Ryan said. "The Crop Science and Horticulture Club has really taught me how much work really goes into being a leader of a group of people."

During his time at CSU, Chico, Ryan attributes much of his success to all of the faculty and staff within the Plant Science Department. Even more so, Ryan attributes his success to his, true mentors, his father and grandfathers, "All of them have taught me the value of hard work and taking pride in anything I do. As far back as I can remember, my father has had me working and has taught me an extensive skill set that has served me well."

When asked to look down the road a few years, Ryan said, "I would like to be a ranch manager for an orchard or vineyard, or at least on my way to becoming one. I have always enjoyed farming, and it would be a great personal achievement for me to be managing a commercial-grade operation."

However, when it comes down to it, Ryan said, "I would consider myself to be very successful if I have any career in agriculture."