Cultivating Ag All-Stars

Students Shine

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The College of Agriculture educates more than 600 students each year for success in the many facets of 21st-century agriculture.

  • The Chico State Livestock Judging Team consistently places in the top 10 at competitions around the country. In 2014, the team placed first overall at the Arizona National Livestock Show, and student Joe Maxwell was the highest placing individual.
  • A Chico State agriculture student won the 2014 California Beef Ambassadors competition and will compete in the national contest in the fall.
  • The college was named among the 2011 top 25 Game Changers for agricultural innovation in California.
  • The Domestic and International Food Marketing teams competed at the 2012 Western Collegiate Food Marketing Competition, winning first and second in their divisions, respectively. In addition, four agricultural business students competed in the 2012 Food Distribution Research Society’s National Student Food Marketing Challenge in Puerto Rico.
  • Agriculture students develop ag advocacy skills by planning and running workshops, field days, seminars, and youth activities at the University Farm. More than 14,000 people per year attend these events, learning about agriculture and its importance to the state.
  • The University Farm's organic dairy is the first of its kind in the western United States, training students for success in the changing world of dairy production.
  • In 2013, philanthropist Dan Giustina made a $2 million gift to Chico State’s College of Agriculture, establishing the largest scholarship fund in the University’s history to attract the best and brightest agriculture students to the college.

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