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Meats Lab student Alexandria Ramirez boxing the freshly made sausages for a package, taken on Oct. 15, 2021.

Quality meats, tasty treats at Chico State’s Meats Lab

Shae Pastrana and Melvin Bui // October 27, 2021

Run by a crew of eight students preparing to enter the meat industry, Chico State’s Meats Lab is Butte County’s only USDA-inspected meat processing facility. In the pandemic’s early days, the lab...

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Off the road and on the bus: Panini Machini keeps Chico farm-fresh

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // October 20, 2021

Behind a funny name lies the work of a local who brings inspiration back home from his travels. With a menu built on Butte County’s dollars, Panini Machini surfaced with a farm-to-sandwich concept in...

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...

At least 64 hives have been taken from a Butte County orchard. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Beekeepers feeling the sting

Molly Sullivan // February 24, 2016

Bee thieves are emerging in swarms during Butte County’s pollination season. According to the Butte County sheriff, over 500 beehives have been stolen from neighboring counties, and at least 64 hives...

Junior agriculture education major Austin Weatherby describes how he has grown as a person and employee through working at the University Farm. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

University Farm nourishes real-life skills for students

Alisa Thorsen // May 4, 2015

When the alarm clock sounds at 7 a.m., most students press the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. But junior agriculture education major Austin Weatherby has arrived at the university orchards...

Almond blooms at University Farm. Photo courtesy Samuel Monteon

Chico celebrates National Agriculture Week

Austin Redfern // March 16, 2015

As most students have returned to their home for sunny skies and beach parties, Chico State still plans on paying homage to Ag Day. National Ag Week takes place from Sunday through Saturday March...

University Farm held the 47th annual FFA Field Day on Saturday. Photo courtesy Chico State

Chico State hosts 25 events for FFA field day

Katherine Feaster // March 14, 2015

Chico State’s College of Agriculture hosted its 47th Annual California Statewide National FFA Organization Field Day on Saturday where high school students participated in various contests from identifying...

Farm staff member Kevin Renker explains how newly-installed waterlines irrigate the field at the University Farm. Photo credit: John Domogma

New watering system improves farming

Robert Engels // November 29, 2014

Chico State’s University Farm has implemented a new watering system that faculty, staff and students who work on the farm believe will improve water efficiency. The month-old wheel line irrigation...

Chico State reduces water through system improvements

Robert Engels // September 2, 2014

As California’s drought worsens, Chico State has taken further steps to reduce the amount of water used around campus and all facilities. Over the summer, the school’s Facilities Management...

Steers from the University Farm research program that are fed spent grains from the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Brewers unaffected by proposed FDA rules

Yessenia Funes // April 26, 2014

Someone enjoying a burger from the Sierra Nevada Restaurant is actually eating a steer that grew up on Chico State's University Farm munching on the brewery's spent grain. For now, that'll remain the...

Boswell the calf soaks up the sun at Chico States University farm. The farm is having to pay more for live stock food due to the increased prices the drought is causing. Photo credit: Grant Mahan

University Farm hit hard during drought

Eric Mccauley // April 13, 2014

Chico State's University Farm has not had enough rain this year to be able to produce nearly as much feed as it used to.Low rainfall has drastically increased the price and demand for crops, said Cindy...

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