Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill.
With this weekly column, I will be able to inform the public within the agriculture industry what SUNY Cobleskill has to offer from a student’s perspective. Moreover, I wish to discuss various industry topics and how it affects other individuals, like myself, who are furthering their education in that particular field.
SUNY Cobleskill has so much to offer as a school! There are many different agriculture related programs, clubs, and trips that are offered. SUNY Cobleskill offers over 30 degree programs in agriculture related fields, such as agriculture and food management, agriculture engineering, animal science, fisheries, wildlife and environmental science, and in plant science. In addition, there are over 20 agriculture and natural resources clubs established on campus! These various programs and clubs offer many excursion opportunities within the state, nationally, and internationally. This provides a great networking opportunity for students as they expand their horizons beyond SUNY Cobleskill’s walls.
Many of the clubs on campus are community and campus driven and participate in various volunteer events. The agriculture clubs are very involved in community events such as supporting Schoharie Fresh, Cobleskill’s locally grown online farmer market, volunteering at community outreach programs such as homeless shelters, local food banks, animal shelters, and beautification projects. These are great opportunities for us to show our support for our community and support the agriculture industry.
SUNY Cobleskill’s 902-acre campus features one of the most modern agricultural complexes in the country, featuring: 14 greenhouses, 10-acre arboretum, 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, 200-cow contemporary freestall dairy, meat laboratory, equine complex with an indoor arena fully equipped agricultural engineering technology facility and Center for Environmental Science and Technology. In addition, the newly built Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) building integrated the three major academic programs of Plant Sciences, Fisheries & Wildlife, and Animal Sciences within a single facility.
On Sept. 10, SUNY Cobleskill’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources came together to host the First Annual Moo & Chew event. This was an event created to get the agriculture clubs on campus together for a BBQ, games, a raffle, t-shirts, and a “whatever rolls” car, truck, tractor, bike, board or scooter show. The event was held from 6 pm to 10 pm and we had a great turn out! All the money raised would go towards club funding. We served approximately 200 meals and sold over 200 t-shirts. This was a rain or shine event! Although we were rained out and had to set up in CANR, our new agriculture and natural resource building, that didn’t stop us from still having a successful agriculture kick-off event!
This event was possible thanks to all of the agriculture teachers’ support, especially Kim Tarvis and Timothy Marten, both Assistant Professors in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. These two individuals were the creators of this event and worked really hard to have it become a successful event. But they would both tell you that they didn’t do much, it was the students who made the event so successful! Without the students, none of this would be possible.
SUNY Cobleskill’s Dairy Judging team traveled to Harrisburg on Sept. 14 to compete in the Junior Collegiate Division at the 2015 All-American Dairy Show Judging Contest. This event was held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. The team’s members include Jaycie Staring, Hannah Douglas, Britney Hill, and John Mellor. The team won the Brown Swiss, and was placed 3rd overall. Jaycie Staring placed first overall individually. The team is coached by Carrie Edsall, Animal Science professor at SUNY Cobleskill. In addition, the team traveled to the Big E on Sept. 18 and won 1st place overall in the Dairy Judging Competition. The judging team at World Dairy Expo placed 4th overall at the International Post-Secondary Judging Contest. Britney Hill placed 2nd overall for top individuals, 1st overall for top individuals in reasons, and 2nd overall in top individual, placings only. Congratulations on an excellent job!
On Sept. 26, SUNY Cobleskill welcomed students and alumni, faculty, parents and friends in the community for the celebration of the 2015 Homecoming. This events marked Cobleskill’s 99th year and counting, making it a very special event for all. To learn more about the various agriculture club participation within this activity, check out next week’s article!
If you would like to learn more about SUNY Cobleskill’s agriculture programs and club activities, please contact Kim Tarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org . Until next time, happy farming!