Giving to Chico State

Dustin Bush

Associate Director of Development—Agriculture

Dustin Bush works with the College of Agriculture's alumni, friends, and supporters to keep them engaged and develop partnerships to build a strong future for agriculture. Dustin seeks philanthropic support for the College of Agriculture to transform lives and inspire agricultural innovation. Through donor-funded opportunities, and with the guidance of faculty and staff, students are able to explore their passions, develop their skillsets, build their networks, and find their niches in agriculture.

He works with College of Agriculture faculty and staff to coordinate key events, such as the Red Bluff Alumni Social, Colusa Farm Show Breakfast, Superior Ag Golf Classic, and other events at the University Farm. He helps share news from the College through newsletters, social media engagement, and direct engagement with alumni and friends.

Previously, he was the territory sales representative for a two animal nutrition companies in California—A.L. Gilbert Co. and Bar Ale, Inc. He began his career with an agriculture engineering company, JMLord, Inc. where he served as a livestock specialist. He is a graduate of Fresno State University with a bachelor of science in agriculture business.

Dustin resides in Chico with his wife and son. In his free time, he enjoys farming walnuts, raising livestock, and riding horses.

About Me

Who is your hero?

My Mother, MaryAnn. She is honest, hardworking, and a simple kind of lady.

What motivates you to do this work?

Northern California and the Chico area is such a rich agriculture area, and building a strong agriculture program is important for this community and region. Engaging our alumni to be part of this journey is empowering to our faculty, staff, and students. Together we can and will continue to advance the College of Agriculture.

Why do you give to Chico State?

I give to the College of Agriculture. It is important to build on the generosity of those that have shaped the program into what it is today, and help advance the program into the future. Supporting the College of Agriculture empowers student success and shapes our future agriculture leaders.

What's your favorite holiday?

Christmas

Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote?

The goal is to die with memories not dreams.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Sitting by the creek

What’s your favorite Chico restaurant?

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

Favorite thing to do at Bidwell Park?

Ride horses

What was your first job?

Working on a cattle ranch

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ribeye steak, wedge salad, grapefruit, and a chocolate chip/oatmeal cookie

What’s your proudest accomplishment so far?

Being a husband and father

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Tom Petty's “I won't back down”

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

100.3 and 95.7

Three words that describe your Chico Experience?

Inclusive, beauty, family

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A horse

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

Fly around, be able to go back in time

If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?

George Strait Band

What’s the farthest place you’ve traveled?

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada for a cattle show