Hometown: West Grove, PA
School: Penn State
Major / Species: Agricultural Science with minors in Agronomy and Leadership Development
Career Goals: As a child I spent many long hours growing up on my family’s dairy farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania. These long hours instilled a love for agriculture in my heart and gave me the desire to study agriculture in college with the eventual goal of returning to the farm. Following my education at Penn State I intend to spend several years away from my farm however. I feel that it is vitally important to gain knowledge and skills that can only come from working for someone other than a family member. Spending time off the farm will also give me a valuable skill set that will be beneficial when I return to my family farm. When I go back to my farm I want to continue to improve all aspects of the operation. Returning to the farm one of my first goals will be to transition the entire farm to no-till planting. I believe that having cows that produce well involves both good feed and cow comfort. I have more knowledge of the crop side of agriculture so this is where I will start. I also want to update all of our equipment to make our farm as efficient as possible. This involves both the field equipment but also our milking systems and manure handling systems. With the speed at which new products come out, it is difficult to stay completely on top of the innovations but I want to make sure that our farm is as up to date as I can make it. Following these changes I want to ultimately grow our herd. Having more cows will help us continue to produce enough milk to sustain the population and will also provide added income for us to continue to make improvements to the farm. With any luck, I will be able to keep my family’s farm alive for many years to come with the hope in the end of someday handing it down to my own kids.