College of Agriculture

CSU, Chico and Butte College to Host 50th Annual FFA Field Day

Announced on: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

On March 10, 2018, California State University, Chico and Butte College will host a record number of high school students at the 50th Annual FFA Field Day. High school FFA members from throughout California compete in one of twenty-three career development events coordinated and facilitated by undergraduate students and faculty in the Chico State College of Agriculture and the Butte College Agricultural and Environmental Science Program.

Each of the contests include the acquisition of skills and knowledge that students may use later in their prospective careers. Contests include agricultural sales, forestry, livestock judging, milk quality and dairy foods, agricultural welding and veterinary science. A full list of contests is online at

“FFA Field Day provides the opportunity for high school students to engage in a competitive environment and develop lifelong skills,” faculty advisor Mollie Aschenbrener said. “It’s a time when our entire college has the opportunity to give back to FFA programs and the community.”

Chico State sophomore agriculture education major and FFA Field Day vice chairman Matt Bongiovanni competed in the FFA Field Day for four consecutive years in high school and described the event as a great opportunity for students to gain career development skills in their area of interest and apply them.

“The field day was a rewarding experience in gaining career skills in agriculture, but, consequently, it pushed me towards choosing to attend Chico State,” Bongiovanni said, ”It made such a huge impact on me, and now I am able to use those experiences to coordinate the event and give students that same impactful experience I had.”

A record 2,650 contestants from 161 FFA Chapters across the state have registered to compete. In honor of this record achievement and the 50th anniversary, the FFA Field Day Awards ceremony following the contests will include special recognition and a slideshow featuring past field day memories.

The FFA Field Day Leadership Team invites individuals and chapters to send pictures from past field days or present teams for inclusion in the slideshow. Photographs with descriptions, including the chapter and students’ names and year, should be emailed to by March 7, 2018.

For questions regarding the 2018 CSU, Chico and Butte College FFA Field Day, please contact Field Day chairs Oke Iyeke and Brett Baker at