Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:6-10
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I graduated this past May from Cornell with a degree from the Ag school. I grew up on a diversified livestock operation in Northern, NY where we focus on high value products and direct marketing.
I interned for a summer on a large scale organic grain operation and really took a lot away from the experience. I was involved with all aspects of the operation and learned from many mentors.
Fast forward to 2018, I graduated from college and purchased my farm from a family friend. As we had been renting the ground from him I am able to certify it organic for 2019. It only has roughly 70 tillable acres so I am limited on land at the moment. My goal is to expand the farming operation through long term leasing and potential purchasing of land that can be certified organic. I am obsessed with doing the best job possible on the land and am in the process or pursing my CCA (certified crop advisor) certification. I have a buyer for all the organic grain I can grow. I am more than willing to travel for land and can move equipment as necessary. I am looking for long terms leases and will pay a fair price to the land owner. I rely on soil samples and science to add value to the land and prevent soil erosion, nutrient draining and weed pressure.
I realize I may be younger than many producers looking for more land but I have been involved in the industry and running my own small business for a decade and am committed to farming full time in the future. I will gladly travel for all justifiable acreages.
I was part of a Ram Trucks Commerical series that descbires my passion for agriculture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdwnKcKOE4s&t=33s
Description of marketing method:
I have a buyer for all the organic grain I can grow. This relationship came from my internship at the large organic grain farm.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Finger Lakes
- Capital Area
- Adirondack Region
- Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
- Saint Lawrence
- Hudson Valley
- Southern Tier
Desired acreage:51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
I will house my equipment at the home farm in the off season, All I would need access to is electric and a shop space if available for fixing equipment as it arises.
Crops and Livestock
Description of livestock/crops:
I am looking to produce organic corn, soybeans, and wheat in a sustainable crop rotation. With cover crops put in for the winter months.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
As getting and maintaining an organic certification is a long term investment I am looking for land that can be leased long term and with the potential to purchase.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship
Cornell University BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Crop Production and Management, Business Management and International Development.
FFA State Officer 2013-2014
Summer internship at a few thousand-acre organic grain farm.
10 years at the Adirondack Beef Company (my family farm) handling livestock and forage production.
Owner/Operator of Empire Precision Agriculture, a GPS guided soil sampling service.
Owner/Operator of That Farm on the River a 143 (70 tillable) acre diversified crop and livestock farm.