Wildlife, livestock and nature—just a day in the life of college student!

FARMS Leadership| San Joaquin| February 6, 2020

Location of Field Day:
UC Davis, including California Raptor Center, Goat Barn, Dairy Goat Parlor & Creamery, Dining Commons, and Arboretum

Field Day Hosts:
CA Raptor Center and UC Davis
UC Davis Animal Science Department
UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

Theme of the Day:
Exploring unique classrooms at UC Davis while learning about animal science.

We started our day at the CA Raptor Center at UC Davis. Here, students learned some cool facts about raptors and about the connections between raptors and agriculture. They got to tour the center and meet the resident birds. Next we walked next door to the Goat Barn and the new Dairy Goat Parlor and Creamery. Here, students got to meet dairy and meat goats, and got to tour the brand new milking parlor and creamery. Our Animal Science student and staff hosts helped everyone understand how the milking process works, how goat cheese is made, and highlighted opportunities for internships and coursework in Animal Sciences at UC Davis.

Our next stop was lunch. When on a college campus, we like to take students to eat at the dining commons so they can experience this important aspect of student life and envision themselves as a college student. We ate at Tercero Dining Commons, where students and teachers alike enjoyed the many choices, including UC Davis Student Farm grown veggies!

Our final stop of the day was a visit to the UC Davis Arboretum. Here, we enjoyed some more of the beautiful scenery that UC Davis offers, learned that ducks should NOT eat bread, and learned about the many opportunities for UCD students to participate in internships with the Arboretum and Public Gardens. These internships exist in many topics that intersect with campus life and the outdoors, including health science, landscape design, habitat restoration, food access and wildlife conservation.

Agriculture the Bulldog Way

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley North | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Location of Field Day:
California State University, Fresno
5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Dr. Susan Pheasant – Director of Institute for Food and Agriculture at Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology
Michelle Perez, Recruitment Counselor & Social Media Coordinator Liaison to Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Rick Chacon, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Dr. Sherri Freeman, Teacher Educator Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology
Kate Norum, Project Manager Center for Irrigation Technology Water, Energy and Technology Center

Theme: Agriculture in College

On Wednesday, February 5, 2019, the Central Valley North Field Day group that consisted of LeGrand High School, Firebaugh High School, and Madera South High School gathered at Fresno State Institute for Food and Agriculture meeting room.
Here we were welcomed by Dr. Susan Pheasant, Director, Institute for Food and Agriculture at Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
Students worked on their soft skills by introducing and thanking our speakers. Students also practiced writing thank you and learned how to address an envelope.
Next, we were joined by Michelle Perez, Recruitment Counselor & Social Media Coordinator Liaison to Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology for a walking tour of the Farm. Next, Rick Chacon, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment lead a True Colors leadership activity on Leadership qualities. At lunch, Dr. Freeman visited us and welcomed us to Fresno State. Then we visited Fresno State Water and Energy Technology (WET) Center. Here students learned about their independent testing facility. We also learned about the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT), the independent testing laboratory and applied research facility for the irrigation industry. Finally, students were treated with Fresno State Ice Cream from the Gibson Farm Market. We had a wonderful day full of different experiences and opportunities at Fresno State. Go Dogs!

The Role of Farm Bureau and How Farm Credit Supports Farmers

FARMS Leadership | Tehama | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Location of Field Day
Tehama County Farm Bureau : 275 Sale Lane, Red Bluff, CA 96080

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors
Kari Dodd – Tehama County Farm Bureau Manager Shelley Macdonald – Vice President at Farm Credit

Agriculture Support Careers

Summary of the Day Who supports our farmers? Is there anyone who advocates for the farmer when lawmakers are working on imposing new rules and regulations that will affect our agriculture and natural resource industries? When these questions are asked most students have no idea. This is where Kari Dodd, our local Farm Bureau Manager comes to us as a great resource. Spending a day at the Farm Bureau Office is an excellent way for students to learn first hand the important role they play in our agriculture community. Students learned a bit about the history of Farm Bureau what it means to be a “grass roots organization” and how they focus on policy making beginning at the county level. She shared about how they serve their members locally by keeping them informed on all the up and coming laws, rules, and restrictions, they send out a weekly publication called AgAlert and a monthly magazine called California Bountiful, as well as offer educational programs to our local schools and youth. Quite a bit of time was spent discussing Farm Bureau’s role in Sacramento and the opportunities they offer for members and students to sit on on sessions at our state level as well as bigger trips to Washington DC to be able to observe our national government at work.

As our students begin to find their “group” often times it’s a real adjustment to move away to college. Kari shared about her experiences with being a part of Young Farmers and Ranchers, which includes both men and women ages 18-35 and promotes leadership. As part of this leadership development the students learned the proper way to shake a persons hand in a confident, professional way. Kari shared how mand of these skills are taught and practiced during time with YF&R and therefore can only benefit your professional and self development. Becoming part of YF&R can give students that sense of purpose as well as a group of like minded people to mingle with when faced with moving for college, a job, or any other reason. Most counties nation wide have a YF&R program or one in a neighboring county and even some colleges have clubs that associate with this program.

We wrapped up our day with a fun, hands on presentation by Shelley Macdonald the Vice President of our local Farm Credit. Shelley, who also teaches for Shasta College, did an activity where the students were broken up into groups of 3-4, and then given a pile of newspapers with the instructions to build the tallest tower they could. It was amazing to watch them work together and Shelley was so proud of how they all actively participated and no one sat back and watched! She shared about how Farm Credit works, and the services they offer to their members. With the average age of most ag appraisers nearing retirement, she spoke about the career opportunities available and what type of education they require.

The students walked away from the day with a greater appreciation for these organizations and how they support the agriculture and natural resources industries. They also learned about careers and opportunities that are available as well as how important starting to network at a young age is. You never know who’s hand you shake one day might be your future boss.