About the Farm

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Agriculture can’t be learned solely from a textbook. That’s why the 800-acre Paul L. Byrne Memorial University Farm is so important to the CSU, Chico educational program. It’s the place where students literally get their hands dirty putting into practice the concepts they learn in the classroom.

The University Farm was established in 1960 through the efforts of its namesake, Senator Paul L. Byrne. The facility supports classes in agriculture in the same way a chemistry lab supports its discipline. Whether participating in class labs or working as part-time employees, thousands of students have benefited from the University Farm, located on Hegan Lane, five miles south of the main CSU, Chico campus.

The farm serves more than just students. Farmers and ranchers benefit from research conducted on the farm, and the farm’s produce and meat sales have long been popular in the Chico community. Grade-school field trips are also a long-standing Chico tradition. Thousands of children tour the farm annually. For most of them it is their first exposure to live farm animals and hands-on interaction with farming. The farm is also the site of countless professional seminars and Future Farmers of America and 4-H field days.

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Course Description

This class will focus on transitioning the cropping systems in confined dairy operations. This school will focus on improving soil function in a high manure system. Students will learn ecological nutrient management, proper soil testing, no-till and learn proper cover crop management and other ecological principles to reduce costs.

March 15-17, 2022

Tuition of $1,375 includes:
• Regen Ag 101 course ($499.00 value), which we would like you to complete prior to the first day of class;
• In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as digital course materials and lunch each day;
• Two follow-up Zoom meetings with a consultant within the first year after the date of the SHA school you attended; and
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.

Discounts available!
• With a paid registration at $1375, you may bring an immediate family member along and they will receive a $200 discount
• Full time college students will receive a $200 discount
• Soil Health Academy alumni will receive a $200 discount
• Scholarship opportunities available at: soilhealthacademy.org/scholarships

Email: info@soilhealthacademy.com for coupon code


Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone that want to take their farm/ranch to the next level. This course will examine all aspects of regenerative farming and ranching, soil health, plant health, and animal health. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized. This is a power-packed three days that will change your farm or ranch should be and can be. Taught by highly experienced and regenerative farmers. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.

School & Farm Location

CSU Chico University Farm
311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane
Chico, CA 95928

What You Will Learn

  • Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
  • Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
  • Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
  • Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
  • Nutrient Management
  • Designing Cover Crop Mixes
  • Farm Economics and Whole Farm Planning

Topics Addressed

  • How to keep more money in your pocket
  • Determining paddock size
  • Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use
  • Paddock construction and layout
  • Soil health demonstrations
  • Rainfall simulator
  • Five soil health principles
  • Three principles of adaptive stewardship
  • Understanding the soil’s spheres
  • How to use the ‘shovel’ test
  • How to use the cover crop calculator
  • How to use field aggregate stability test
  • Understanding Haney soil test
  • Determining soil water infiltration rates
  • Forage Biomass determination
  • Paddock construction and layout
  • How to address resource concerns
  • Pest and disease control through biodiversity
  • How to increase your farm’s resilience
  • Impact of chemical, biological, physical disturbance


Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown

Shane New

Shane New

Dr. Allen Williams

Dr. Allen Williams

Hotel Information

Oxford Suites, Chico
2035 Business Ln
Chico, CA 95928

Block of 20 rooms
King = $150, Queen = $160

Closest Airport

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

6900 Airport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95837

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