Betsy Hodge has worn many hats in Extension over the years (since 1984!) from Dairy and Livestock Agent to County Director. She currently wears two hats - she is Regional Livestock Educator (25%) for the NNY Regional Ag Team and is also a local educator for St. Lawrence County. In this dual role, Betsy leads the NNY Livestock Team, a group of Extension Educators from across Northern New York. Her program focuses mainly on sheep and goats, but also includes beef, poultry, swine and other livestock. Betsy provides programming on nutrition, management, marketing, rotational grazing, handling, parasite management, and more. Betsy also acts as the shepherd for the Extension Learning Farm Flock in Canton and has a small flock of hair sheep at her home farm.
Betsy has recently conducted research with sheep artificial insemination and with parasite control using high tannin forages. She also has experience working with Livestock Guardian Dogs and herding dogs including a stock dog club that meets in the summer and fall. Betsy is a member of Farm Bureau and the Empire Sheep Producers Association as well as a member of several advisory boards. She has also traveled to France to study livestock marketing, and New Zealand to observe dairy farming and grazing.
Betsy grew up in Buffalo, but spent summers near the Genesee Valley working on dairy farms and riding horses. Betsy received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Animal Science and her M.S. from Cornell University in Animal Science with an emphasis on nutrition and animal behavior.