AS Serves Up Organic Vegetables
The first harvest from CSU, Chico’s new organic vegetable field arrived at Associated Students Food Services in May 2008. The field, located at the University Farm, will grow organic produce, including lettuce and radishes in spring, and squash, melons, tomatoes, and peppers in fall. “Our goal is to create a living laboratory to demonstrate viable community-based organic food production,” said Professor Lee Altier, project director.
Prepare to Teach! Student Designs Winning Poster
Senior Justin Pickard won third place in the Western Region Poster Session of the American Association for Agricultural Educators, held in Park City, Utah, with his project, “Teacher Perceptions of Agricultural Mechanics Teacher Preparation.” He presented his poster at the National AAAE meeting in Reno.
Student Talks Her Way to First Place
Agricultural education and animal science major Grace Berryhill won first place at the 2008 American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet in Baltimore, Md. Berryhill was chosen to represent California in December 2007 at the statewide Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet held as part of the California Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting.
Livestock Judging Team Judged Winners
The 2007 Livestock Judging Team, coached by Professor Clay Carlson, placed among the top 10 at 10 competitions last year. Students Travis Heffner, Caley Heiman, Stephanie Horton, Katie O’Ferrall, and Jordan Parsons capped off their season by placing 12th at the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Ag Students Make Champion Sausage
Student employees at the University Farm Meat Lab ground, spiced, chopped, and stuffed their way to the top of the sausage-making competition at the California Association of Meat Processing meeting in Sacramento in February 2008. The students, under the tutelage of technician Jim Holt, swept the collegiate division with three individual first places.
In June 2008, Professor Lee Altier led the third year of the Food Forever Thailand study-abroad program in cooperation with Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The program is focused on the cultural context of food production and resource management in Northern Thailand.
Ag Students Are Whizzes at Quiz Bowl
Jennifer Williams, Annie Maddalena, and Monica Galli traveled to Orlando, Florida, in July 2008 for the Academic Quiz Bowl and annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association. The team achieved Chico State’s highest finish ever in the competition, placing fifth among a field of the top agricultural economics students from 22 schools nationwide.