Kelsey O'Shea

Kelsey O'Shea

Regional Ag Business Management Specialist
(315) 379-9192
kio3@cornell.edu
Agriculture

Kelsey is the Ag Business Management Specialist  for the NNY Regional Ag Team. She originally hails from San Diego, California where she grew up next to the beach, but spent all of her time at the horse barn. She spent her youth attending and then working at an old cowboy vocational college in the hills of Temecula that turnedinto a children’s camp in the summer time. Designed like an old western ghost town, she developed her love for livestock and horseback riding through education and experience there. Kelsey left California after high school to attend Cornell University with the intent to pursue Veterinary Sciences.

After a couple years,her interests changed and she ended up with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Agribusiness Management. While at Cornell, Kelsey spent her summers working on a guest ranch near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Emigrant, MT.

Although she loved living out West, following graduation she took a position with Farm Credit  East, working in both lending and financial services in Cortland, NY. During her time at Farm Credit Kelsey focused on being well-rounded and took on learning both sound lending practices in addition to the ins and outs of farm taxation and record keeping. Through those hands-on experiences with clients, she came to realize her strength was helping and educating farmers with the goal of increasing their profitability.

After moving to Northern NY with Farm Credit in 2013, Kelsey resumed her passion of teaching horseback riding lessons and completed construction of a barn to call her own in 2015, called Clover Luck Ranch. She is also the Young Farmer and Rancher Chair for the St Lawrence County Farm Bureau Board, a member of the Pro-Equine Group, and is involved with the Day At the Farm Event in St Lawrence County. Kelsey looks forward to working with your farm business in the near future.