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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...

Beekeepers feeling the sting

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

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 have been taken from a Butte County orchard. Beekeepers are being stung by competitors as recent re...

University Farm nourishes real-life skills for students

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

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 and is ready to embark on a full day of work. Chico State's University Farm provides different educational experiences to studen...

Chico celebrates National Agriculture Week

Almond blooms at University Farm. Photo courtesy Samuel Monteon

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 21, while Ag Day is held on Wednesday March 18. According to, "Ag day is about recognizing - and c...

Chico State hosts 25 events for FFA field day

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

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 plants to working with welding. The college teamed up with the Agriculture Natural Resource...

New watering system improves farming

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

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 system will upgrade water usage while reducing the amount of labor needed by students and employees at the far...

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 and Services department implemented a central control system that will better allow for oversight of the wat...

Brewers unaffected by proposed FDA rules

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

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 same. A proposed regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Current Good Manufactu...

University Farm hit hard during drought

Boswell the calf soaks up the sun at Chico State's 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

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 Daley, manager of the University Farm's dairy farm. At the same time, feed crop suppliers have not been able to produce as much either, and both the shortage of and the demand for these cr...

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Kyle Riddle, a senior agricultural business major, works the table for the Organic Vegetable Project inside the Bell Memorial Union.Photo credit: Frances Mansour

Gary Nelson

February 11, 2014

The University Farm is opening a new market on Friday with the Organic Vegetable Project. The Organic Vegetable Project is a grant-funded, research-based and student-run project that started in the spring of 2008. The project was spearheaded by Associated Students Sustainability and Lee Altier, professor of horticulture and director of the...

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...

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