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.
Agricultural business major Katie Bielen was part of the local food movement before it became popular. The Grass Valley native was born and raised on a small farm that raised a variety of proteins ranging from meat rabbits to poultry. Throughout her childhood, Bielen’s family sold their products to food shops and eateries in the area, and Katie hopes to continue building the local food movement in Nevada County after graduation.
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) held its annual Foodservice Conference in Monterey on July 29–31, 2016. This was the second year California State University, Chico agriculture students attended. The weekend offered students Clarissa Chairez, Gwen Christiansen, Kaeli McCarther and Erica Vietor mentorship with professionals in the industry, access to workshops and informational sessions with guest speakers, Salinas Valley produce plant tours, admittance to the conference trade show and insight into the industry as a whole.
A team of animal science students from California State University, Chico made history by winning the American Society of Animal Science’s (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon at the ASAS annual meeting July 18–19, 2016 in Logan, Utah. The team of Julie Allen, Heather Foxworthy, Kenzie Wattenburger and Joel Wisniewski qualified for the competition by winning the Western Section Academic Quadrathlon in April. It was the first time a non-land-grant university won the regional competition and competed at the national level.
Agriculture’s contribution to Northeastern California’s economy grew in 2014 over the previous year, according to the latest in a series of annual reports from the Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico. One in five jobs and 21 percent of all economic activity in the region was connected to agriculture, up from 17 percent in 2013.