Staff Directory

Richard Stup, Ph.D.
Agricultural Workforce Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension
164 Plant Science Building

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Office 607-255-7890  |  Cell 570-939-5081  |

Richard Stup addresses challenges facing the agricultural industry through educational programs and applied research. He also provides leadership as a liaison between the agricultural industry and employment-focused regulatory authorities. His focus is on human resource management, enhancing employee engagement, regulatory compliance, and leadership development at the farm level.

Prior to joining Cornell University, Dr. Stup founded Ag Workforce Development, a firm focused on improving individual and team performance through organization development and technology solutions. He also served agriculture in the Farm Credit system as a branch manager and senior leader, gaining extensive experience leading teams in sales, credit, accounting and records, business consulting, risk management, and crop insurance. Earlier in his career, Richard was an Extension specialist with Penn State University, where he led the Dairy Alliance team and developed award-winning educational programming in human resource management. He earned his doctorate from Penn State in the field of Workforce Education and Development, including innovative research into the effects of human resource management on farm employee organizational commitment.


Julie Berry, M.A.

Communications Manager

Julie Berry is an experienced media professional and has a shared appointment as Communications Manager for Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY. She has worked in Extension as a dairy educator, in journalism as a daily newspaper reporter and a columnist for a dairy publication, and in marketing for an agriculture-based advertising agency and for the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition. With Extension she participated in a study trip to Mexico with NY dairy farmers to see the homes and hometowns of some of their employees. She has also published research in the Journal of Dairy Science and served as a science editor for the National Research Council Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Julie received her BS with honors in animal science from Cornell University and her MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on foods that are anticarcinogenic.


Libby Eiholzer, M.P.S.

Libby EiholzerBilingual Dairy Specialist

Libby Eiholzer is an Extension bilingual dairy specialist responsible for coordination and implementation of educational programs and services for Spanish-speaking dairy workers and their employers with the Northwest New York Dairy Livestock and Field Crops team. Libby grew up on a dairy farm in Central New York. After graduating from Cornell University with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Spanish, she spent two years in Guatemala on an assignment with the Peace Corps. Some of her current responsibilities as a dairy specialist include providing Spanish-language job training to farm employees, organizing meetings and workshops for the dairy community and facilitating dairy discussion groups. She also works with the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) to deliver safety training to farms throughout Western NY.


Elizabeth Higgins, M.S.

Liz headshotAg Workforce Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

Elizabeth Higgins is the Ag Business Management/Production Economics Extension Specialist with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture team, serving commercial fruit and vegetable producers in 17 counties in Eastern New York.  Her focus areas are risk management, farm business management and ag regulations and programs, with an emphasis on land use and labor. Liz has over 20 years of experience in agriculture, rural development and natural resource policy and research, with an emphasis on helping farmers and private landowners navigate complex local, federal and state land use regulations and policies. Her main focus has been on how policies and program influence farmer or land owner decision making. She has served as the agriculture program leader in both Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Liz received her BA in economics from Fairfield University and her MS in resource economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Rachel McCarthy, M.P.S.

Rachel McCarthy photo

Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program Coordinator

Rachel McCarthy is a skilled science communicator, with over a decade of experience working in higher education and extension, developing online and in-person learning programs. Rachel has a joint appointment with the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell as a Training and Education Program Manager where she has developed and implemented training and outreach programs for two national invasive species early detection networks. She developed the Sentinel Plant Network’s train-the-trainer curriculum, including educator presentations, supporting print resources, eLearning modules, and training videos to support asynchronous learning. She also developed a variety of First Detector resources and training materials for traditional and online learning. Previously Rachel led the landscape development program at Alfred State College, including instruction, program assessment, and development. McCarthy earned her BS and MPS from Cornell University in Landscape Architecture and Ornamental Horticulture. 


Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith headshotAg Workforce Development Intern

Lucas Smith is a junior studying Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in business management and pre-law at Cornell University. He previously worked with the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development team as an intern focused on the Onboarding Project in the summer of 2019. Lucas has an interest in agricultural labor and human resource management and plans on pursuing a law degree after graduation.

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