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.
Jamie Conner is an animal science major with ambitions to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Coming to Chico State from Redwood Valley, Conner went to high school at Ukiah High School and spent most of her life around animals. Conner started 4-H at the age of nine and continued to show animals ranging from lambs to steers through high school. In high school, Conner also competed in rodeo, going as far as state finals in pole bending.
On Feb. 11, 2017, the University Farm Sheep Unit hosted its annual Sheep and Meat Goat Educational Day. The day started at 9 a.m., and more than 700 people attended.
Five students and their advisor travelled to San Luis Obispo from Feb. 10-12, 2017 for the California Association of Meat Processor (CAMP) Annual Conference. Rayna Barden, Zach Bauer, Heather Carter, Ivanarae Castro, Patricia Garcia and animal science professor Michael Chao represented CSU, Chico at the gathering of meat industry professionals and educators from throughout the state.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will change the way produce growers address food safety on their farms. A workshop at the California State University, Chico Farm on March 9, 2017 will help students and growers navigate the changing regulations. Hosted by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), this hands-on workshop will help producers understand on-farm food safety requirements, as well as help construct individualized food-safety plans for their operations.