As the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kathryn Boor ’80 has been one of the most prominent voices on agriculture in New York state for the last decade.
Before she moves on to new roles – as dean of the Cornell Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education – Boor joined Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast to reflect on her journey through agriculture, as both farmer and educator.
Boor, also a professor of food science who grew up on a dairy farm in Horseheads, New York, shared her thoughts on a variety of topics, including CALS’ and CCE’s responses to emerging trends. She talked about the importance of making agricultural professions more accessible for women, people of color and young farmers – a transformation she is proud to see taking hold at Cornell.
“We’re starting to see [more diverse] groups come into agriculture at this time and really dig in and get started in agricultural operations,” Boor told “Extension Out Loud” hosts Katie Baildon and Paul Treadwell. “I find that very exciting [and see it] when we look at [CALS] students.”
– Melissa Jo Hill