Richard Stup, Ph.D.
Agricultural Workforce Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension
164 Plant Science Building
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.
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 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.
Farm Management Specialist
Jessica Skellie is a recent graduate of Cornell University, with a BS in animal science. Her focus was in dairy production and management. She has experience working as a herdsman on NY dairies, was a research associate with the Cornell Veterinary School on a transition cow study in Colombia, conducted research on bull calves fed ad libitum acidified waste milk on a farm in California and has also worked for Red Jacket Orchard where she educated consumers and managed inventory.
Lucas Smith is a current animal science student at Cornell. He plans to pursue a law degree focused on human resource management. He has experience working on NY dairies and in a plant pathology and plant-microbe biology lab at Cornell.