CSU, Chico

Trevor Wood, Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

Trevor Wood, Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

For an experience in a state he’s never been to and a chance to fulfill his degree option in Land Resource Management, junior Trevor Wood is Montana-bound for the fall semester. Through the National Student Exchange (NSE) he will have the opportunity to take classes that aren’t offered at Chico State and will enhance his degree option. 

Wood learned about the NSE opportunity at Montana State University in Bozeman through a friend who recently returned from the program.  “There were two schools with a range management program, Idaho State and Montana State, but I chose Montana,” Wood said.  He will take 15 units of classes that are required for his option while meeting the requirements to become a range land specialist with the Bureau of Land Management.

Wood has been a Chico State Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) brother since his freshman year and can count on having a connection with the Montana State professional fraternity for men in agriculture. Wood plans to move into the Montana State AGR house in August, just before the fall semester begins. 

Wood was the president of Chico State’s AGR for the 2011-2012 year and has been an Inter-Club Council rep for the past two years. “I was ready to go to Montana for spring 2012, but since I was elected president I stayed this year,” Wood said. His decision to stay was based on serving his fraternity and to strengthen the relationship between AGR and the College of Agriculture, one which Dean Jennifer Ryder Fox says has continued to grow under Wood’s leadership. 

“AGR is terrific in their support of the College of Agriculture activities,” Fox said. “During the past three years they have made a commitment to serve the College of Agriculture, and they have not disappointed.  Whether it is stacking hay bales for the Hall of Honor or planting seeds with kids at Ag Day, they are always there to help when we ask."

Luckily for Wood, Montana State doesn’t require a one-to-one student exchange between schools, so he was able to postpone his National Student Exchange for one semester. In most cases, an exchange campus requires that there is a student from each campus who participates in the exchange.

When he isn’t planning events for AGR or attending classes, Wood can be found at the CSU, Chico meats lab, where he has been working for three years. He started working there through the directed work experience program as a freshman. While he had extensive familiarity with cattle production, he had no previous background in meat processing, but he is now well-rounded in both aspects of the beef industry.     

A fifth-generation cattle producer from Susanville, Wood helps manage his family’s 500-cow herd, which moves to the Chico area during the winter months. One of the main reasons he chose Chico State is that it’s close to home, so he can lend a hand when needed.  

After graduating next spring, Wood plans to continue managing the family cattle operation and become a range management specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, managing public lands and focusing on grazing programs for cattle producers.