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Academy Faculty

Academy for Dairy Executives

Developing Management and Leadership Skills

Speakers from within and outside of Extension will be utilized.  This list is not yet complete.

Session 1:

Russ Saville, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Russ_Saville@cargill.com

Russ is a dairy consultant with Cargill covering Eastern NY and Vermont, along with providing technical support across the county.  He assists farms with animal nutrition, overall herd management, and business management.

Larry Van De Valk, Cornell University Community & Regional Development Institute
ljv4@cornell.edu

Larry is Executive Director of LEAD New York, a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries. Van De Valk is also a Senior Extension Associate in the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), part of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. Larry earned a PhD in Adult and Extension Education, MA in Teaching and BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, all from Cornell, as well as an AAS in Forestry from Paul Smiths College. He has published several articles in refereed journals, and his research interests are in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives. Larry is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award.

Jason Karszes
jk57@cornell.edu

Jason Karszes is a farm management specialist with the PRO-DAIRY Program at the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His extension, teaching, and research efforts have centered on financial performance analysis and decision making programs for dairy farms and the use of Cornell’s Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program, working with a wide spectrum of dairy producers. Along with the whole farm financial analysis program, he has worked on developing management training programs for dairy producers and facilitates several business discussion groups centered on financial performance. With a focus on management training, he also coordinates the Cornell Dairy Executive Program.

Glenn and Emily Beller
ge.beller@hotmail.com
bellerfarms@hotmail.com

Beller Farms, LLC is a partnership between Glenn, Emily and their son, Jonathan Beller. They milk 800 cows and crop 3600 acres with 680 acres owned and the balance rented. Jon is married to Taren and they have 3 boys, Owen – 11 years old, Ty – 7 years old and Dax – 5 years old. In 2015 Beller Farms was awarded the NYS century farm award.

Bonnie Collins
bsc33@cornell.edu

Bonnie Collins has been an educator with the Extension system for 13 years. She began her service teaching Financial Literacy then moved into Ag Business Management, and now has added to her title Sr. Ag Team Leader. She holds an MBA, an accounting degree and has operated an accounting business since 1984. She holds certificates of training in Terrorist Education course from the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and Program Development from the CCE system. She received from SUNY Institute of Technology (aka SUNY Poly) The Dean & Faculty Outstanding Student in Technology & Management Award and a National Environmental Education Award from the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. In addition Collins co-coordinated with other Extension educators to introduce Annie’s Project, a national recognized risk management curriculum for Farm Women to New York State.

Session 2:

Jason Karszes
jk57@cornell.edu

Jason Karszes is a farm management specialist with the PRO-DAIRY Program at the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His extension, teaching, and research efforts have centered on financial performance analysis and decision making programs for dairy farms and the use of Cornell’s Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program, working with a wide spectrum of dairy producers. Along with the whole farm financial analysis program, he has worked on developing management training programs for dairy producers and facilitates several business discussion groups centered on financial performance. With a focus on management training, he also coordinates the Cornell Dairy Executive Program.

Mark Mapstone
Mark.mapstone@farmcrediteast.com

Mark is a Farm Business Consultant with Farm Credit East. He works with farm families on evaluating financial performance and identifying areas of opportunity for increased profitability, expansion planning, farm transfer, estate planning, labor management and succession planning. Mark works with a variety of industries across the northeast from dairy and poultry to the green industry. Mark grew up on a dairy farm in Central NY and prior to Farm Credit, Mark was a store manager and area manager with Agway. Mark and his wife Cindy live in Cazenovia, NY along with their 3 daughters. Mark enjoys hunting, farming, playing softball and growing pumpkins in his spare time.

Erica Leubner
erica@timspumkinpatch.com

Erica Leubner is a Farm Family Consultant with NY FarmNet. Erica is a noted public speaker and a recognized expert on issues surrounding communication, conflict resolution, inter-generational relationships and interpersonal problems such as depression, anxiety, stress management and substance abuse. Erica holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Erica grew up on a dairy farm, she is co-owner of Tim's Pumpkin Patch, the wife of a diversified dairy and crop farmer, and most importantly mother to 3 active teenage daughters.

Betsy Hicks
bjh246@cornell.edu

Betsy Hicks is the Area Dairy Specialist for the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team, a regional team within Cornell Cooperative Extension covering six counties.  Betsy joined the team in April 2014 and specializes in aspects of dairy production such as nutrition, records analysis, milk quality, and cow comfort.  Prior to her coming to extension, she worked as a nutritional consultant on dairy farms for five years in Central NY.  She has a Masters Degree in Dairy Nutrition from the University of Illinois and is also a proud alum of SUNY Cobleskill.  She and her husband also maintain a herd of registered black Angus beef cattle year round.

Anna Richards
ar746@cornell.edu

Anna Richards is a member of the Business Management team in Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY Program. Prior to joining the PRO-DAIRY team, she was a farm tax and business consultant, with a focus on business structure, succession planning, asset transfer and preservation, estate planning, and long term tax planning. She works with dairy farms on several aspects of business management, including structure and transfer strategies, family business issues, financial performance analysis, and financial record keeping for management, and also facilitates business focused discussion groups for dairy managers.

Mark Murray
murcrestmark@gmail.com

Over the last eleven years my family's farm has expanded from 350 to 1050 cows. I and my wife recently became partners in the business, and I am the farm's herd manager. Along with the day to day management of the livestock I am also responsible for managing employees and active involvement in decisions that impact the overall operation of the dairy.

Scott Flowers
scottpflowers@gmail.com

Scott Flowers is the founder and owner of All Angles Dairy Advisory, LLC. His company is an aggressive, intense collaborative partner on many northeast dairies. The goal of his business is to increase the client’s bottom line by addressing opportunities with people and good ole’ fashioned animal husbandry. Before devoting his time to All Angles Dairy Advisory, Scott spent a brief stint as an employee working within the Agribusiness Industry. Prior to that, a long and successful production agricultural career spanned a 24 year period in Scott’s life. Scott has three grown children, three grandchildren and was graced to be married to a wonderful woman until her passing. Since that passing, his life has begun a new chapter. He is an avid horseman within the equine industry. He devotes as much time and passion to his equine clients and horses as he does to his dairy clients. Scott is blessed to call many a friend and has a life in which his cup runneth over.