New Olive Orchard Adds to University’s Offerings
The University Farm’s new 10-acre high-density olive orchard will address industry requests for research. Partners in this research project include California Olive Ranch, Durham Pump, and NursTech, Inc. Rich Rosecrance, Plant Science, is the principle investigator of the Agricultural Research Initiative-funded project.
Ag Science and Education Major Elected to Statewide Office
Agricultural science and education major Hannah Garrett was elected president of the 70,000-member California State FFA Association in April 2012. Garrett, a first-year student, will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the state FFA organization.
Freshman wins California Beef
The California Beef Ambassador Contest was held at the University Farm in April 2012, and animal science freshman Katie Stroud won the senior division. She will compete at the national contest in Sacramento in September.
Student Wins High Individual at Major Livestock Judging Competition
Jordan Baumgartner, a senior agricultural business major, was the high individual overall and led the Chico State Livestock Judging Team to a fourth-place overall finish at the American Royal in Kansas City in October 2011.
CSU, Chico Team Wins Discussion Meet
The CSU, Chico Discussion Meet Team won the California Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition in December 2011 in Reno, Nevada. The CSU, Chico team consisted of Ryan Amaral, Katherine Dykier, Hannah Garrett, Cassie Markley, Vince Pellegri, and Laura White.
Lee Altier, Plant Science, was awarded a $499,000 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for a project titled “Cultivating a Community Nutritional Health Network.”
Cindy Daley, Animal Science, has been facilitating the national Milk Supply Management meetings for the Federation of Organic Dairy Farmers held in New York, where the federation is working to improve farmer pay price.
Dave Daley, College of Agriculture associate dean, was named the Member of the Year for the Butte County Farm Bureau at the association’s annual dinner held in February 2012, just days after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Rich Rosecrance, Plant Science, was awarded a $49,999 ARI grant to study the effects of mulch and cover crop-oil olives. He was also elected to the board of the American Society of Agronomy, California Chapter, and arranges the California Plant and Soil Conference. Rosecrance is also the president-elect of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences Nut Crops Working Group and serves on the California Chapter of the Certified Crop Advisors board.
Mike Spiess, Agricultural Education program coordinator, was awarded an honorary American farmer degree, the highest FFA award, at the national FFA Convention in October 2011.