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Celebrating FFA Week with SUNY Cobleskill

We’re getting ready for #FFAWeek2020! Starting Saturday, Feb. 22, we’ll be telling the stories of our students, faculty and staff, and programs, to show how the FFA experience inspires members of our community.

You can discover these stories on our website and College social media throughout National FFA week. Don’t forget to join us and share your stories with us using #FFAWeek2020.

The FFA/SUNY Cobleskill relationship is getting stronger with every class of students. Discover just some of the ways our students apply their time in FFA to do great things at Coby.

SUNY Cobleskill is where FFA Success Becomes a Career

With more than 25 Career Development (CDE) and Leadership Development (LDE) events, from Ag Communications and Floriculture, to Veterinary Science and Forestry, FFA members have access to a full range of topics in modern agriculture.

Once you’ve identified your passions, it’s time to learn by doing at the college level. Work in the Carriage House Café and General Store and put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. Compete on our championship Dairy Judging, and Livestock Judging teams. Is there a better place to start your career in the meat industry than in our campus USDA-certified Meat Lab?

DYK: Our Dairy Judging Team has captured 3 straight victories in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Judging Contest. And don’t forget that time we won the 178th Royal Highland Show, in Scotland. Support their return trip:

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One of SUNY Cobleskill’s championship winning World Dairy Expo Dairy Judging teams. The 2018 squad, from left: Coach Carrie Edsall, Lydia Williams, Shannon Sears, Toni Jacques, Rachel Hall.

FFA Isn’t for Farmers Only – and Neither is Coby

What does agriculture look like? It looks like protecting our environment and natural resources; like technology and mechanical engineering systems; like caring for livestock, as well as small animals.

You already know this if you wore the FFA emblem. Carry the theme into SUNY Cobleskill, with academic programs tailored to meet your personal interests and goals.

  • The Canine Training and Management Program (launched in 2019) delivers hands-on instruction in basic care, training techniques, and proper handling procedure. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in positions with border patrol, homeland security, TSA, private security, and private consulting firms.
  • A new minor in agricultural education (launched in 2019) puts your public speaking, critical thinking, and “agvocacy” skills to use for the benefit of future generations.
  • Our BT in Therapeutic Horsemanship (launched in 2016) is the first degree program of its kind in New York. Apply your Horse Evaluation CDE knowledge to an industry on the rise.
  • Drought-tolerant and disease-resistant crops are essential to sustaining food systems and the global economy. Students in our Biotechnology Program know it. Their work with hop, soy, hemp, and switchgrass make a great fit for those who are interested in exploring agronomy, topics in STEAM, and more.
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Professor of Biotechnology Dr. Lynda McMaster-Schuyler is helping lead the College’s efforts to create new cultivars of hops, hemp, soy, and switchgrass that are able to tolerate drought.

Compete in FFA, Compete with Us

One of the best things about FFA according to its alumni: competition. Those competitive juices keep flowing at Coby.

  • We are the only National PAS/Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter in New York State. Each March our student-chapter presents and competes on the national stage at the PAS National Conference. Our students serve as officers, and compete in events like agricultural education, career planning, and dairy specialist.

Last year, Agricultural Business Management student and former FFA chapter vice president, Seth Browe, served as president of the national organization.


DYK: All three of the teams mentioned above will be competing for the ultimate prize their national organization awards this March. Follow their success: