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.
Taylor LaRossa, a senior majoring in agriculture business, has deep roots in farming and ranching. The Escalon native knew that she would find like-minded friends within the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. So when she arrived on campus as a freshman, LaRossa pushed herself to branch out and try new things outside of her agricultural heritage. She soon found her way to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where her leadership qualities have translated into academic and career-driven success.
The California Association of Meat Processors (CAMP) held its Cured and Processed Meats Championship at the University of California, Davis, Feb. 20-22, 2015. California State University, Chico Meat Lab Technician James Richards and students Peter Suden, Aaron Wilson, and Noah Young represented CSU, Chico at the contest.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture cohosted the Western Regional Grazing Conference, titled “Grazing for Change,” with the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management Feb. 27–28, 2015, at the University Farm Pavilion.
California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture and the Butte College Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host their annual FFA Field Day on March 14 at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Butte College campus and CSU, Chico main campus. More than 2,000 students are registered to compete in 23 contests including agriculture mechanics, agriculture sales, meat judging and veterinary science judging.