CSU, Chico

Agriculture Students Travel to Ithaca, New York, for Alpha Zeta Conference

Agriculture Students Travel to Ithaca, New York, for Alpha Zeta Conference

Four members of California State University, Chico's agricultural honors society, Alpha Zeta, traveled to Ithaca, New York, April 6-10 to attend the 2013 National Agricultural Leadership Conference and 53rd Biennial Conclave. The theme for the conference was "Locally Grown, Nationally Known" and the event consisted of agriculture tours, Cornell University Farm tours, keynote speakers and leadership workshops.

One of the conference traditions is for each chapter to create a banner incorporating the conference theme, Alpha Zeta principles, and elements of their chapter and enter this banner into a contest.  The Chico State Alpha Zeta chapter won the contest with their banner. 

For senior agriculture major Jackie Buffham, the best part of the trip was visiting the agriculture production facilities. “We visited Lake View Organic Grains, and it was life changing,” Buffham said. “We were essentially shown scientific proof that organic methods can be successfully implemented in large-scale production. It just really opened my eyes to the future of agriculture.”

The Chico State Alpha Zeta members who attended were Trevor Airola, Casey Dykier, Jackie Buffham, Sara Holloway and Melissa Stegall. Chico State was one of 15 schools that attended the conference. 

“National Alpha Zeta Leadership Conference was by far one of the best conferences I have ever attended,” stated agriculture education major Trevor Airola. “The amount of discussion and collaboration between chapters is something you just don’t find at other conferences. As opposed to having a facilitator telling us how we can improve our chapters, there was an open discussion about what other chapters are doing and a sharing of ideas.”

April 23, 2013