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Stockdog Association showcases dogs on campus

Stockdog Association showcases dogs on campus

Molly Sullivan

May 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

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

Beekeepers feeling the sting

Molly Sullivan

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Community, News, Showcase

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

University Farm nourishes real-life skills for students

Alisa Thorsen

May 4, 2015


Filed under Features

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

Chico celebrates National Agriculture Week

Austin Redfern

March 16, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, News

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 agday.org, "Ag day is about recognizing - and c...

Chico State hosts 25 events for FFA field day

Chico State hosts 25 events for FFA field day

Katherine Feaster

March 14, 2015


Filed under News

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

New watering system improves farming

Robert Engels

November 29, 2014


Filed under News

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


Filed under News

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

Brewers unaffected by proposed FDA rules

Yessenia Funes

April 26, 2014


Filed under News

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

University Farm hit hard during drought

Eric Mccauley

April 13, 2014


Filed under News

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

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Gary Nelson

February 11, 2014


Filed under Features

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

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

Yessenia Funes

February 10, 2014


Filed under News

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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