The Orion

College of Agriculture hosts first university farm open house

Flyer showcasing the 'Wildcat Day on the Farm' event. Photo credit: Alejandra Fraga

Alejandra Fraga

April 13, 2018

Chico State's College of Agriculture organized its first ever "Wildcat Day on the Farm" event this Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., consisting of 75 to 100 volunteers. The open house featured guided tractor tours, food trucks, plant sales, games and prizes. "We're hoping to make it an annual tradition, ...

Stockdog Association showcases dogs on campus

Nicole Marlin and her dog, Rider, were on campus April 5 to raise awareness of the Stockdog Association's fundraiser. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

May 9, 2016

The Chico State Stockdog Association is holding a fundraiser. The association is a student organization based in the College of Agriculture that trains dogs in herding, agility and obedience. They are currently fundraising so they can take their dogs to a trainer in the Bay Area to learn goat herding. Th...

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Students took a field trip to learn about water usage in California. Photo courtesy of Heather Kirkendal

Amelia Storm and George Johnston

May 3, 2016

Last weekend, 36 students and three faculty members got a firsthand look at water rights and usage all across Northern California. The overnight trip was put on by Eric Houk, a professor in the College of Agriculture, with help from Jennifer Rotnem who works at the Center for Water and Environment. Destinations...

Senior Spotlight: Scientist pursues passion for cancer research, animal care

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas,  a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is working with multiple colleges at Chico State to work with animals and research cures for cancer. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holmberg-Douglas.

Nicole Santos

March 24, 2015

While most kids prefer to play with dolls, Natalie Holmberg-Douglas preferred her microscope. Holmberg-Douglas, a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is part of a research group in the chemistry department that is conducting cancer research. “I work with Dr. Arpin and am working on a proje...

Agriculture dean search narrowed to 3

Karen Jones, department chair for plant, soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University, is one of three candidates for the dean of agriculture. Photo courtesy of Karen Jones.

Ernesto Rivera

October 17, 2014

The College of Agriculture has narrowed its search for a new dean to three candidates, all from out-of-state universities. Dave Daley, University Farm administrator, is currently serving as interim dean after the previous dean Jennifer Fox retired in June. The candidates are: Dr. Karen Jon...

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

David Daley, associate dean of College of Agriculture, University Farm administrator, discusses the impact of the water shortage.Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Yessenia Funes

February 10, 2014

The California Department of Water Resources’ State Water Project has completely halted water delivery due to the drought. Water will not be delivered to its 29 public water distributors because of the current drought, said Ted Thomas, an information officer at the Department of Water Resources. An exception to this change is...

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox, Dean of the college of agriculture

Madison Holmes

February 4, 2014

Additional funding may come to Chico State's College of Agriculture after a farm bill was voted through the House of Representatives on Jan. 29. The bill comes after a two-year impasse between the Democratic and Republican parties and authorized $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs....

Students scramble to fix plans for visiting family and friends

Inforgraphic by Liz Coffee

Christine Lee

January 29, 2014

This year, only five guests per one graduating student will be allowed to enter Nettleton Stadium for the Chico State commencement in May.Every year, about 10,000 guests fill the stadium each day on Sat. and Sun., said Chico State spokesperson Joe Wills. This year, the university will be ticketing guests in order to cut attendance down to about 8,000 ...

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