CSU, Chico

College of Agriculture


If it were just food and fiber, it would be indispensable. But agriculture is more than that. It’s both the promise of sustenance for a hungry world and a source of enjoyment in a demanding world. It is education and entertainment. It is land use and landscape. It is natural sustainability and national security.

It is a confluence of biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, engineering, meteorology, biotechnology, economics, finance, marketing, packaging, distribution, sales, and sociology. Essentially, agriculture is life.

For 60 years, the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico has impacted the quality of life in California and across the nation by educating and equipping agricultural leaders who have the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and decision-making ability that allows them to excel in their chosen career. The close, friendly nature of our college, combined with an integrated agricultural curriculum and remarkable access to hands-on education, creates a fertile learning environment for our students and the agriculture industry we serve.

Student Spotlight

Martin Cossio, Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

Senior crops, horticulture, and land resource management major Martin Cossio never expected to pursue a college education. Cossio grew up watching his dad’s hard work and diligence in the vegetable fields in Santa Maria, California. The elder Cossio maintained a close relationship with his boss, giving Martin the opportunity to spend time on the farm and see how it operated. When Cossio graduated from Santa Maria High School, he followed in his father’s footsteps in working on the same farm he had been around his whole life.

News Flash

College of Agriculture Welcomes New Rangeland Management Club

Students interested in rangeland management took the first step in advocating for their passions with the establishment of the College of Agriculture’s newest club. Sept. 14, 2017 marked the inaugural meeting of the CSU, Chico Rangeland Management Club with some 20 students in attendance. 

Ice Cream Social Kicks off Fall Semester

On Sept. 5 more than 300 students, staff, and faculty in the College of Agriculture came together to ring in the new school year at the University Farm with the annual ice cream social. At this event, new students are invited to learn more about the college, mingle with friends and faculty, explore upcoming events and opportunities clubs have to offer, and enjoy an ice cream sundae bar. 

College of Agriculture Economists take Quiz Bowl by Storm

This summer, the Chico State College of Agriculture was well represented at the Agricultural Applied Economic Association Annual Meeting July 29-August 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Coach and Professor Baohui Song accompanied Rayna Barden, Nicholas Barnett, Manuel Brazil, Austin Dowse, Alexander Neumann, and Angie Velasquez.