CSU, Chico

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.

Student Spotlight

Suzette Turner - Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

Suzette Turner has lived and worked on farms in Italy, Denmark, and Germany; has traveled across California planting trees in communities and elementary schools; currently interns with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a soil conservationist; and continues to dedicate her studies to soil, pursuing her dream of rebuilding soil in local and international communities. 

News Flash

CSU, Chico Earns Recognition at 100th Annual California Cattlemen’s Association Convention

Associate Dean Dave Daley of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture was named president of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) at the organization’s Centennial Celebration December 1–3, 2016 in Sparks, Nevada. Daley also received honors at the 2016 Western Nugget National Hereford Show held concurrently.

Meanwhile, CSU, Chico senior animal science major Rebecca Swanson was elected chair of the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC), and animal science professor Kasey DeAtley was recognized as the Butte County CattleWoman of the Year during the California CattleWomen’s Association’s (CCW) annual proceedings. Thirty-five students and six faculty and staff attended the annual convention of the CCA and CCW held at the Nugget Casino Resort. 

Student Attends HACU Conference in Texas

Senior Ana Zepeda and College of Agriculture Dean John Unruh attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 30th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, from October 8-10, 2016. 

Students Test Agribusiness Knowledge in New Orleans

California State University, Chico sent five students to New Orleans for the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) Food Marketing Case Competition from Oct. 1–2, 2016. Chelsea Alto, Pedro Cardenas, Seanna Griffis, Riley Quinn, and Manuel Torres were challenged to apply their agribusiness knowledge to a live case presented by a company executive.