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College of Agriculture

College of Agriculture Establishes Chico Sheep Association

Announced on: Wednesday, Mar. 04, 2020

This spring, the newest club in the College of Agriculture was officially recognized by Associated Students as the Chico Sheep Association (CSA). The group is dedicated to promoting the sheep and meat goat industry in California through industry involvement and educational stewardship.

At the inaugural meeting on Feb. 20, the club elected officers and discussed goals and objectives for the semester with some 15 members. The officer team for CSA are president Miranda Jachens, vice president Kayla Tofte, secretary Mikayla Duchi, treasurer Emily Mihelis, publicist Emely Arevalo and Inter-Club Council representative Sergio Arias.

The club was established with the mentorship of Professor Celina Phillips, but ultimately was a student led endeavor to pilot. Among the students involved, junior Miranda Jachens played an instrumental role in shaping the club to gain official recognition.

“I’m a 4-H leader in my hometown and value bringing agriculture to the community, so I loved the idea of starting club focused on sheep in order to provide resources to the youth and be involved in the industry,” she said. “Getting involved in clubs is a great way to find your passion and increase your knowledge while helping the community around you. CSA is a club for lamb enthusiasts who are interested in developing themselves while getting involved with the industry.”

Throughout the year, the club plans to host educational events and serve the California Wool Growers Association with events such as the California Ram Sale and annual conference.