CSU, Chico

Haley Hunt, Agriculture Business

Haley Hunt, Agriculture Business

Haley Hunt

Whether she is traveling the country with the Livestock Judging team or representing the College of Agriculture in another agribusiness competition, senior Haley Hunt cherishes the opportunities that CSU, Chico has provided. "I initially came to Chico State with the intent to participate on the Livestock Judging Team, but in my two years here, the student, faculty, and administrative community with in the College of Agriculture has become much more like a family than an academic body," said Hunt. The Redmond, Oregon native and senior Agricultural Business major transferred from Linn-Benton Community College after receiving her associate's degree in general agriculture in spring 2008.

"My experience in agriculture began at the age of 10, when my Dad and I purchased two lambs for my first 4-H project. In the years since, I have been a member of a variety of 4-H clubs, as well as a proud member of the Redmond FFA chapter, in which I showed competitive market and breeding sheep, and participated in livestock judging, floral design, and a variety of public speaking competitions," said Hunt. The 22 year old was a participant in the 2009 Agribusiness Quiz Bowl, a presenter at the 2009 and 2010 WCFMC Food Marketing competitions, and currently is an active member of the Livestock Judging Team and the chancellor for Alpha Zeta, a professional agricultural honors fraternity. In addition to all of these activities, Hunt has helped organize Ag Day, Swine Day, the Livestock Judging Contests at FFA Field Day, and the CSU, Chico Circle of Champions Jackpot Show. As if that isn't enough, "Outside of my life as a student, I mentor kids in my former livestock 4-H club, and assist them with their livestock projects," said Hunt.

Among her list of accomplishments Hunt has also received several awards while attending Chico State, including being named to the dean's list for 2008 and 2009, winning first place with her team for two years running in the domestic division at the Western Collegiate Food Marketing Competition, and earning numerous honors in Livestock Judging.

Hunt's involvement doesn't stop outside of the classroom or her extracurricular activities. "My agriculturally related work experience took place in summer 2009, when I worked for the Farm Service Agency in their Glenn County Office, located in Willows, Calif. I also served as the clerical intern for the Agricultural Sciences program while at Linn-Benton. When I transferred to California State University, Chico, I took a student assistant position in the Office of Evaluations at Chico State," said Hunt. After graduation in May, Hunt will be working for Northwest Farm Credit Services in their Redmond, Oregon office as a community lending credit trainee. "I have loved my time here at Chico State, and I am excited to see what the future holds for me," said Hunt.

"The small and intimate nature of the College of Agriculture at Chico State has allowed me to grow as a student and an individual. I really enjoy walking into Plumas Hall and feeling as though I can walk into any professor or faculty members' office and know I'm not just another face in the crowd," said Hunt. She attributes much of her success to the faculty and staff at Chico, including Dr. Dave Daley, Clay Carlson, Dr. Song, Dr. Mollie Aschenbrener, and Susie Funk. "I have been lucky to have an extensive support network during my four years of school and have learned the dedication and perseverance that comes with success. The crucial skills that I learned will transcend beyond the classroom, and looking at pens of livestock. My experiences at Chico State will positively impact my professional and personal character for years to come," said Hunt.