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Melanie Palmer (CCE Liaison)- Melanie began working for Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County in March 2015 as an agricultural specialist. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University. She has a strong background in agriculture having been born and raised on a dairy farm and has been involved with agriculture for the majority of her working career. In 2016, she joined the Cornell Extension Regional South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team as an agricultural educator, so currently shares time with CCE Onondaga and the South Central Team. Her work at Extension focuses on education of the agricultural community on topics including farmland protection, dairy management, youth tractor safety and agriculture promotion.
Janice Degni (Quality Forage Production)- Janice has worked as a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator for 26 years. She is an agronomist with an MPS in plant protection and BS in agronomy, both from Cornell University (CU). She is the Team Leader and Field Crops Specialist for the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team. The regional team serves 6 counties: Broome, Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Tompkins, and Tioga counties. Her work addresses management and production issues that farmer’s face in crop production and environmental stewardship. Currently her educational efforts are focused in the following areas: Integrated Crop Management, Environmental Stewardship, Forage Quality by providing resources, workshops and applied research.
Dr. Karin Bump (Equine Behavior)- Karin is the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Madison County, NY. In this role, she spearheads the extension of the educational resources of Cornell University to help families and communities thrive in a rapidly changing world. Previous to this position, she retired as a Full Professor within the equine discipline after serving 28 years a teacher, mentor, and researcher in higher education. Dr. Bump is also co-Founder and Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics which is a nonprofit organization focused on increasing communication and collaboration between colleges and universities with undergraduate programs in the equine discipline. Dr. Bump earned her Bachelor of Science in companion animal biology and Master of Science in equine exercise and physiology from the University of Illinois and completed her doctorate in higher education and policy studies at the University of Albany. She is an active member of the Equine Science Society, American Horse Council, New York Farm Bureau and the New York State Horse Council and is also a certified Professional Animal Scientist through the American Registry of Professional Animal Science.
Jody Frawley (Marketing Your Products)- Jody is a Senior Digital Marketing Consultant at Downtown Digital Group in Syracuse, NY. Her extensive knowledge of advertising, marketing and farming has given her professional and personal expertise in the area of ag marketing.
Douglas Fisher (Resource Management)- Doug has been with the OCSWCD for 29 years as Technician, Resource Conservation Specialist, and Program Manager. His primary focus has been on Agricultural Water Quality improvement projects throughout Onondaga County. Some of those projects include Prescribed Rotational Grazing Systems, Manure Storage and Treatment Systems, Silage Leachate Collection and Treatment systems, Heavy Use Area Protection Systems, Concrete Barnyards, Access Roadways and Animal Trails, Surface and Sub-surface Drainage Systems. He has supervised and administered countless numbers of State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants which help cost-share Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and Systems on agricultural properties across Onondaga County. Currently he is administering 34 active grants. In 2006 he obtained his Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) status.
Fay Benson (Pasture Management)- Faye is a Small Dairy Educator with Cortland County Cornell Coop Extension. After 20 years as a dairy farmer, Fay sold his organically certified dairy herd in 2003 to work with Cornell’s Extension service. He is currently responsible as the Small Dairy Educator for the South Central NY Dairy Team, Project Manager for the NY Organic Dairy Program, Project Manager for the NY Soil Health Trailer and Educational Director for the NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program (DGA). In his work he facilitates the NY Organic Dairy Task Force which is a group that has been meeting twice a year since 2006, and includes farmers, processors, certifiers, and educators. He also over sees numerous extension programs across the state dealing with organic dairy and field crops.
Kristina Ferrare (Woodlot Management)- Kristina is the Forestry Program Specialist for CCE Onondaga County. She holds an MS in Forest Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in History from Hamilton College. Kristina works on land conservation and estate planning for woodlot owners, maple programming, forest resilience and other programs that impact decision-making on private woodlots. She is the regional director for the Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program and matches forest owners with trained volunteers for the CNY and western Adirondack region. Before coming to CCE, Kristina worked on private forest landowner outreach and education as well as land conservation programming for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She is a native of CNY.
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