CSU, Chico

Michael Spiess

Michael Spiess


Michael SpiessOffice: Plumas 213

Campus Zip: 310

Phone: 530-898-4554

FAX: 530-898-5845

E-mail Address: mspiess@csuchico.edu

Web Site: www.agedweb.org

Personal Information

Mike has an AA in natural resources from Delta College, a BS in agriculture (ag mechanics) from CSU, Chico, a MS in plant science (emphasis in irrigation) from Fresno State, and a doctorate from UC Davis & CSU, Fresno. He is a former vocational agriculture teacher and spent 13 years designing and supporting agricultural accounting software. Previously he taught in the Plant Science Department and served as general manager of the Agricultural Information Technology Network (ATI-Net) which is part of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) at Fresno State. He also owns a consulting business specializing in Internet solutions for businesses and education.

In his free time, he enjoys flying small airplanes, fly fishing, backpacking, caving, and softball. He has served on the boards of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Northern California Regional Land Trus, and University Hope.   In Fall 2016 he retired, but continues to teach half time at Chico State.   


  • AGET 120 - Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics
  • AGET 150 - Agricultural Machine Systems
  • AGET 360 - Irrigation
  • AGRI 421 - Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Agricultural Mechanics
  • AGET 340 - GPS/GIS/Precision Agriculture

Research and Professional Interests

Mike's research interests in Web-based instruction, teacher retention, and agricultural curriculum. He has grants in progress dealing with California agricultural education (CalAgEd.org, California Department of Education), water conservation (Bureau of Reclamation), geographic information systems (Bureau of Reclamation/ARI), remote sensing of invasive species (ARI/ Glen County RCD) ,and farm worker safety (ARI). He has developed a tabulations program for career development events and judging contests used throughout California, and by Arizona, Flordia, Canadian 4H, and others.

Service to the College, University, and Community

Mike has served as Program Coordnator of the Agricultue progrma and as interium Associate Dean of the college.  Mike is involved in FFA career development events at colleges and universities throughout California. He serves on the boards of the American Association for Agricultural Education (as President of the Western Region), Butte County Habitat for Humanity,  and Western Cave Conservancy (treasurer).  He has served as a judge for ag mechanics projects at the California State Fair and county fairs.  He serves as assistant scout master to Troop 316 (in Paradise).  Mike developed and hosts sites to support California junior jackpot shows.