Littrell makes Junior Dairy Leader

SENECA FALLS — Laura Littrell of St. Johnsville will be among the 31 Junior Dairy Leaders who will graduate on Aug. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Profit Seminar Center at Empire Farm Days. The event that is the Northeast’s largest outdoor farm show is held at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 Route 414.

Littrell is representing Montgomery County in the Cornell Pro-Dairy Junior Dairy Leader statewide program for youth between the ages of 16 and 19 with an interest in learning more about career opportunities in the dairy industry and gaining hands-on experience in the field.

The 2018 class of and program coordinator Deborah Grusenmeyer will welcome sponsors, families and visitors to the graduation ceremony that includes a presentation by the students. The annual graduation at Empire Farm Days provides the Junior Dairy Leaders with the opportunity to highlight their yearlong experiences, demonstrating the dynamic aspects of dairy education and career options.

The Junior Dairy Leader Program begins in late September with a seven-day trip to Madison, Wis., to tour dairies and agribusinesses, followed by attending the annual National 4-H Dairy Conference. Throughout the year, class members participate in eight workshops, focusing on team building, personality styles, resume development, change, and leadership skills development, as well as facets of dairy production, tours, and exposure to career options in the dairy field.