College of Agriculture

Chico State Rangeland Management Club Attends Collaborative Workshop Alongside Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Announced on: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Eleven students from the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture traveled to Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, Calif. in December to attend the California Rangeland and Ranch Management Workshop. The workshop was created by professors Kasey DeAtley from CSU, Chico and Marc Horney from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to bring students from both schools together with range management professionals in a collaborative setting.

Students used the knowledge they had accumulated in their rangeland management coursework to monitor and evaluate real-world challenges specific to California’s annual grasslands. Guest speakers from state and federal agencies and the local ranching community demonstrated range monitoring techniques and provided workshops in which participants created mock range management plans for pasture focusing on water quality.

Junior CSU, Chico agriculture business major Alejandro Orozco-Lopez, who is president of the CSU, Chico Rangeland Management Club, said the workshop gave him the opportunity to network with professionals and conduct research on current issues ranchers face such as erosion, slope, and water availability.

“My favorite part was learning more about the research going on in the field and hearing industry professionals that I had the honor of helping collect data present their findings,” Orozco-Lopez said. “Hearing them talk about our research made me feel like my job was appreciated and worthy of praise.”

The workshop was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture as well as sponsorships provided by Superior Farms, Klean Kanteen and Swanton Pacific Ranch.