The New York Agri-Women, whose membership represents women involved in New York’s agriculture and food system, announced that it has installed a new officer team for the coming year. The purpose of New York Agri-Women is to educate consumers, elected officials, and members of the agriculture community about the issues that affect New York food and agriculture.
Sheila A. Marshman of Oxford, NY is the organization’s new President. Previously, Marshman served as the organization’s President Elect and Secretary. Marshman has a deep passion for consumer, producer, and youth education. She is currently a professor of agricultural business at Morrisville State College, a position which she has held for the past 12 years. Marshman is looking forward to working with other NY Agri-Women members to develop creative ways to unite consumers and producers.
Debbie Schmitt of Riverhead, NY will serve as the organization’s President-elect. Together with her husband Phil and two sons, Philip and Matthew, she owns and operates Philip A. Schmitt and Son Farms. The 180-acre farm specializing in growing leafy greens, beets, corn, herbs and cut flowers. The farm is a wholesale operation along with a retail business at their farm stand, Schmitt’s Farmstand on Sound. Debbie’s passion is talking to people about agriculture. She enjoys educating consumers on the practices of agriculture and growing safe food. “Facts not Fear,” is what she likes to say. She knows that agriculture is hard work, but feels blessed to see beauty every day when working on the farm. She loves spending time with family and working in her flower fields.
Meghan Moody, the new NY Agri-Women Treasurer, is the proud 4th generation to a 60 cow dairy farm in Hamden, NY. Currently, as the Northeast Manager for Virtus Nutrition, Meghan focuses on helping dairy producers utilize science, nutrition and technology that helps them better care for their cows and therefore exceed their goals for profitability and milk production. Meghan enjoys NY Agri-Women because of the strong support from others helping to advocate for all of agriculture.
Lynn Gilbert of Homer, NY is the organization’s newly elected District Leader in the Finger Lake Region. Lynn grew up in agriculture. She is passionate about sustainability of family farms of every size as well as helping the consumer understand the food system. She is currently employed by Agriculture Modeling and Training Systems and has been there since 2007. This dynamic position entails sales, and training of a dairy ration balancing program using Cornell’s 6.1 CNCPS biology. Gilbert is very excited to bring women together from the region to see firsthand what the industry has to offer in our very unique area and what rolls they play.”
Kimberley Morrill, PhD is currently of Winthrop, NY and is the organization’s newly elected District Leader for Northern New York. She gained a passion for the dairy industry while growing up on her parent’s 120 cow registered Holstein and Red and White herd in New Hampshire. She is currently the Regional Dairy Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Northern New York covering St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton & Essex counties – providing educational outreach programs to regional dairy farmers, one-on-one technical support and conducting on farm research trials. She enjoys the camaraderie, networking and leadership opportunities that American Agri-Woman provides for women across the state and country.
Megan Wieboldt of Port Jervis, NY will serve as the organization’s District Leader for the Hudson Valley. Megan is a 7th grade science teacher at Port Jervis Middle School. In addition, Megan and her husband own a 106 acre farm with dairy cattle and goats. Wieboldt has a strong passion for educating youth about agriculture and the importance agriculture holds in their lives. Megan is very excited to help spread the story of agriculture to youth and consumers alike.
The newly elected officers join the existing leadership team of Julie Patterson, Membership Coordinator, of Patterson Farms in Cayuga County. Katie Carpenter, owner of All Bright Jersey Farm in Wyoming County, is the organization’s Secretary. Vicki Gruber of the Law Offices of Vicki S. Gruber, P.C. in Melville, NY will continue in her position as the Chair of Legislative and Governance Committee. Becky Wiseman of Westhampton, NY will serve as the Long Island District Leader.
New York Agri-Women is a state affiliate of American Agri-Women http://www.americanagriwomen.org/. For more information about New York Agri-Women, please visit the website at www.newyorkagriwomen.com