CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture Makes List of Top 25 in Innovation

Date: 07-19-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean
College of Agriculture

The College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico, has been named as one of the top 25 agricultural innovators in California from a list of 100 businesses and universities. Although specific winners in several categories are yet to be named, it is a distinction, in and of itself, to make this list, said Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of the College of Agriculture.

Twelve of those making the list will be presented a “Game Changer of the Year” award by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and an official state resolution from the California Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. The presentation will occur on July 21 as part of the inaugural Agriculture Innovation conference July 20-21 at UC Davis.

Each of the top 25 will be selected either as the winner or first runner up in one of 12 categories of agriculture innovation, said Jon Gregory, the CEO of Grow California, which is sponsoring this award. These top 25 represent some of the "Best of the Best" in California, said Gregory in a notice he sent to recipients. “They are making a tremendous impact on the agriculture industry through their innovations, and by virtue of that, are having a critical positive impact on California's economy,” he said.

CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture is named in Category II: Innovations in Science and Education Initiatives. They share category II with the Robert Mondavi Institute Teaching and Research Winery in Davis and Taylor Farms in Salinas.

A selection committee of experts from investment banks, venture capital funds, academia and industry chose the top 25 from among 100 finalists. All finalists will be honored with official state Certificates of Appreciation as "California Leaders in Agriculture Innovation" for 2011 at the conference.

The College of Agriculture’s mission is to create, share and disseminate knowledge of integrated agricultural and environmental systems to students, industry and society. The curriculum offers a combination of humanities and specialized fields in the sciences, technology and business to provide a holistic, systems-based approach to career preparation. All academic programs emphasize a balance of the theoretical and the practical applied approaches to solving complex professional problems.