College of Agriculture
If it were just food and fiber, it would be indispensable. But agriculture is more than that. It’s both the promise of sustenance for a hungry world and a source of enjoyment in a demanding world. It is education and entertainment. It is land use and landscape. It is natural sustainability and national security.
It is a confluence of biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, engineering, meteorology, biotechnology, economics, finance, marketing, packaging, distribution, sales, and sociology. Essentially, agriculture is life.
For 60 years, the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico has impacted the quality of life in California and across the nation by educating and equipping agricultural leaders who have the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and decision-making ability that allows them to excel in their chosen career. The close, friendly nature of our college, combined with an integrated agricultural curriculum and remarkable access to hands-on education, creates a fertile learning environment for our students and the agriculture industry we serve.
From the first day Haydn Clement came to California State University, Chico as a freshman, he was shadowed by his strong reputation for his unique personality, livestock judging experience, proven leadership abilities, high academic capability, and a strong work ethic. Now a graduating senior in agriculture education, Clement has not only lived up to that reputation but also exceeds it as he continues to prove to be a valuable asset to the College of Agriculture family.
The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture and the Butte College Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted their annual FFA Field Day on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Butte College campus and CSU, Chico main campus.
The field day gave over 1,900 high school students from across California and into Oregon an opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills, technical competence and leadership abilities through various competitions. More than 2,400 students were registered to compete in the 22 different contests, resulting in a 79 percent show rate and a 14 percent overall increase from 2013. Contests students competed in included livestock judging, agriculture mechanics, agriculture sales, agriculture pest control and many more.
The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted its 11th annual Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 19 at the University Farm Pavilion. Thirty nine companies attended the event to recruit students. Foster Farms, J.G. Boswell, The Lyman/Tremont Group, The Morning Star Company, Rabobank and Wilbur Ellis were among the event’s gold sponsors. Alltech, American Ag Credit, E& J Gallo, Farm Credit West, Gallo Sales Company, Harris Moran Seed, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Simplot, Sustainable Seed Co. and Tanimura & Antle were silver sponsors of the event.
The College of Agriculture will be holding it's own Commencement in Laxson Auditorium! On Saturday, May 17th, both our graduating seniors and masters students will be walking across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.