Abby Chase, ’18
Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Education, Horticulture
Abby Chase was always destined for a career in agriculture. Growing up on her family’s vegetable seed farm in Bow, Washington at the north end of the Skagit Valley, her upbringing gave her insight into the true “farm to table” experience.
As an active 4-H and FFA member, she showed livestock at many local and state fairs and spent her summers helping her family farm or neighbors in their ag work around the county. Over time, her passion for agriculture held strong, leading into a position as the Washington State Dairy Ambassador for the Dairy Farmers of Washington.
With this experience, enrolling at Oregon State in the College of Agricultural Sciences was an easy decision for Abby. Her time working in urban areas and visiting communities across the state educating on healthy eating habits, dairy farming, and dairy products opened her eyes to the lack of connection people had to their food. She made it her goal to better prepare future citizens about the world of agriculture.
After completing a degree in Agricultural Sciences and Horticulture, along with a Masters in Agricultural education, Abby hit the ground running in her professional career. She currently teaches Agricultural Sciences at Central High School in Independence, Oregon and is a member of the Oregon Ag Teachers Association.
To current students, she would advise taking advantage of every door that opens. Whether that comes in the form of internships, scholarships, or networking opportunities, you can be amazed at how many good things can happen when you put yourself out there.
“The professors and instructors (and all supporting staff!) in the College of Ag Sci are unmatched in quality – in the classroom and as people. I’m forever grateful for the connections and memories made at OSU. Some of my instructors in my Master’s program became some of my greatest mentors, and I continue to lean on them when I need support to this day”.