Growing up on a dairy farm, Anika always intended onpursuing a career in the dairy industry. Throughout her education, she focused her internship opportunities on dairy value addition from small to large scale manufacturing. After graduating from Cornell with a Food Science Degree, Anika became an Assistant Store Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets where she was able to gain communication and management skills. Now, as a recent addition to Cornell’s Harvest New York Team as a Dairy Processing Specialist, she has the privilege of working with a very high potential value addition region.
Roughly half of the New York State agricultural receipts come from dairy production, and about $15 billion is generated from dairy production and manufacturing. For each extra $1.00 in dairy industry output, $0.42 is created in economic activity. New York leads the nation in production of yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream, and takes 4th place in cheese production. Even still, over 63 new value-added dairy processing facilities opened in the last 2 years statewide.
Anika's role as part of the Cornell Extension team is to assist in bringing the knowledge of regulatory agencies, suppliers, workforce development agencies, and the Food Science Team at Cornell to manufacturers in Northern New York. The North Country is a high potential area for future growth and market development. Her role will be dedicated to economically developing the North Country through dairy manufacturing operations.