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College of Agriculture

Priya Tuvell

Lecturer

Personal Information

Priya Tuvell has her Master’s of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University, and an undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a Livestock/Dairy emphasis and Ruminant Nutrition Science minor from UC Davis.

In addition to teaching in the College of Agriculture, Priya is also the Program Manager for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems here on campus, and is the Managing Editor for the Journal of Regenerative Agriculture

Prior to coming to Chico State, Priya has worked on various goat and cattle dairy farms, including managing an established organic dairy in the Central Valley, providing nutritional consulting to niche creameries, and in the milking parlor of local, pasture-based dairies. Priya is also involved in the local livestock community through her membership of Butte County Cattlewoman’s Association.

In her free time, Priya operates her own pasture-based diversified farm in North Chico with her husband. Together, they currently raise various heritage breed poultry, Nigerian Dwarf Goats for show and milk production, as well as heritage breed American Guinea Hogs with plans on expanding the farm in the future. Priya also enjoys knitting with different types of wool, wine tasting, a good science-fiction novel, and hanging out with her pets: 4 dogs, a cat, a parrot, and a gecko.

Courses Taught

  • ANSC 230 – Animal Feeds and Nutrition

Research and Professional Interests

With the average farm size and farmer age rapidly increasing, Priya is an advocate for small farms as well as getting young and new people into agriculture and farming to help sustain this industry and local food. Her Master’s work was focused on improving nutrition in small, pasture-based dairy systems, a common model for niche creameries.

Her work with the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems has focused on facilitating research in soil health of row crop, orchard, and rangeland systems as a way to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while decreasing synthetic inputs to improve farmer profitability. In regards to Regenerative Agriculture, her personal areas of interest are how multi-species grazing systems can be utilized to restore
Portrait of Priya Tuvell