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Chico State College of Agriculture students in Puerto Rico in 2021 for a class trip. Photo courtesy of Michelle Borges.

Wildcats finding resilience in Puerto Rico

Melvin Bui and Mason Tovani // October 25, 2022

With only five years to rebuild after two severe hurricanes, Puerto Rico’s infrastructure wasn’t ready for Hurricane Fiona as flooding waterlogged agriculture land and power grid for two days from...

Randall Mattson, Co-owner of Richvale Natural Foods, stands at his booth for a picture. Mattson is a donor to the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. Photo by Noah Herbst, taken Sept. 25

Nut Festival brings community together, celebrates ag(ri)culture

Noah Herbst, Reporter // September 30, 2021

The 14th annual California Nut Festival returned this weekend after being postponed then canceled last year. The event attracted consumers and vendors alike to the Patrick Ranch Museum on Saturday. Attendees...

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

College of Agriculture hosts first university farm open house

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...

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

Stockdog Association showcases dogs on campus

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...

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

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Agriculture dean search narrowed to 3

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...

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

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

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...

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

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

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...

Inforgraphic by Liz Coffee

Students scramble to fix plans for visiting family and friends

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....

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