I am excited to be part of the NYAAC team as their Communications Manager and I wanted to share a little bit about myself and my background. I grew up in a rural town about an hour south of Rochester and Buffalo. My two siblings, Austin and Hailee, and I were raised by our parents, Jack and Cheryl, on Armson Farms, a dairy farm in Wyoming County.
My family has been farming at their current location since 1942 when my great-great grandfather purchased the farm. Currently the farm is home to a milking herd of about 730 Holstein cattle however, if you visit, you may notice a Jersey here or there. The Jerseys are owned by my husband Dalton and I. Dalton also grew up on a dairy farm where he and his three siblings showed dairy cattle at the local fairs and were members of the local dairy judging teams.
Dalton and I met at SUNY Cobleskill where we were both members of the dairy cattle judging team. We have been together for seven years and married for two. During that time, we have added a chocolate lab, Axle, a fluffy white kitten, Loui, and a beautiful daughter, Raygen Rose to our family. Family is very important to me and I wholeheartedly feel that growing up on a farm molded the values and aspiration that I have today.
Growing up on a farm, showing cattle at the Wyoming County Fair, and being a part of the dairy judging teams through our county 4-H sparked my love and interest for animal agriculture. I quickly found that educating others and sharing my passion was exciting and fulfilling which is why I decided to pursue a career in agricultural education. I attended SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Education. I then attended Ithaca College to earn a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education. Before accepting this position with NYAAC, I worked for three years at a small school district in western NY where I live with my family. As the high school agricultural science teacher, I was able to start an ag program, charter an FFA chapter, and teach numerous amazing students about the diversity in agriculture.
Working with the NYAAC team has already been such a fulfilling experience. I am excited and motivated to make a difference in the animal agriculture industry in NY state. I am a firm believer in advocating for those who are working hard, sun-up to sun-down, to provide us all with safe and wholesome products. Farmers and agriculturalists have an amazing story to tell and it is my hope that I will be able to help them share that story.