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Amy Barkley joins new SWNY daily, livestock and field crops program

Amy Barkley

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is excited to welcome Amy Barkley as the Livestock and Beginning Farms Support Specialist. She will be working on programming related to beef, sheep, goat, and poultry production; beginning farmer support; and product quality and consistency. You can reach her by emailing amb544@cornell.edu or by calling 716-640-0844.

Amy grew up on a small farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Poultry and Avian Science from Penn State University. After graduation, she attained her Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Penn State, where her research focused in renewable, alternative bedding materials for broiler production and their impacts on broiler performance, welfare, and the environment.

Following graduation, Barkley worked in quality assurance for a national egg company, working with farms of all sizes across the nation to ensure compliance in food safety, nutrition, product quality, and animal welfare. Amy and her husband Zach reside in East Concord, on a farm which they are excited to make their own. In her free time, she tends to an extensive garden, small orchard, and honeybees, and loves cooking and baking.

Barkley is looking forward to working with area farmers to ensure their current and continued success.

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Barkley joins Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist, Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management Specialist, and Josh Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist. For more information contact Amy Barkley at 716-640-0844 or amb544@cornell.edu, visit https://swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu, or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office.

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is a new initiative that started in July 2019 as a partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations of the five county region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben. SWNYDLFC Regional specialists work with Cornell Faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the dairy, livestock, and field crops industries in New York through educational programming and events, consultations, and on-farm research. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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