College of Agriculture

Robert Cetti

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Robert Cetti, from Santa Maria, is majoring in plant and soil science with an option in crops and horticulture. His family ran a heavy equipment repair company for construction and agricultural machinery —which sparked his initial passion for the field—and he always admired the hard work his parents put into running their own business.  

In high school, he was actively involved in the FFA through career development events like vegetable and floral judging. These experiences developed his love for learning inside and outside of the classroom.  

Cetti had familiarity with Chico State because his older sister had attended the University for nursing. One of her roommates was studying plant and soil science, and after talking to her about the major and its opportunities he decided to do the same. 

He is now on track to receive his certifications in being a Pest Control Adviser and Certified Crop Adviser. He enjoys being in the field to gain hands-on experience in agriculture.  

His biggest accomplishments during college so far is being on the dean’s list each semester and participating in a summer internship through Desert Farms located north of Chico.  

“I am really excited to work at Desert Farms this summer. This is a dream internship, so I am looking forward to learning more about the agronomy side of agriculture as well as making new connections,” Cetti said.  

Some of Cetti’s best memories and experiences so far within the College of Agriculture is the real-world experience he is receiving in his classes. He thoroughly enjoys his lab classes like “Agriculture Ecology” (AGRI 331) and “Fruit and Nut Production” (PSSC 366). 

“I enjoy being able to be in my classroom and then getting to learn outside of the classroom through my labs and field trips,” Cetti said. “The College of Agriculture has great students and professors that create the best experiences.”  

Outside of academics he enjoys anything outdoors, like hiking and fishing. He also enjoys quality time with his family and friends and overseeing a small orchard back in his hometown.  

His favorite thing about the Chico State is the small class to professor ratio, which allows a deeper connection with faculty. His greatest mentors within the College of Agriculture are Garrett Liles, Richard Rosecrance, and Ana Medic. In addition, his grandfather has been an instrumental part of his life which has given him the inspiration and passion for the plant science side of agriculture.  

Cetti is looking forward to the rest of his time on campus and being out in the field to expand his knowledge about agriculture. He will graduate May of 2024 and hopes to find a successful career in the plant and soil science industry.