The Foundation Board of Directors continues to oversee the Foundation projects and activities, as well as its fundraising efforts. When a Board position recently became available after Director Jeff Quinn relocated out of state, we were faced with the task of filling the seat with someone with a passion for agricultural education and the credentials needed for this task. We have added some tremendous talent and expertise with the appointment of David Kosztyo, the DuPont Pioneer area manager for New York and New England.
Farming has always been David’s passion. He grew up in Owego, New York, on a non-commercial farm and spent most of his school years working on a dairy farm, in the areas of dairy and field crops. He worked with a focus on all aspects of corn silage and haylage production, from planting through harvest and feeding, and continued his enthusiasm for ag at Cornell University. While at Cornell, he was a summer IPM scout and worked at the Cornell Teaching and Research Diary Center in Dryden. He also spent some time doing agronomy research at Cornell’s Aurora research farm. He graduated with a BS in Agronomy. His knowledge on all aspects of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and so much more was the background for his being named a “Leader of Distinction” for several years, as well as a Long Look Nominee for the Northeast Business Unit for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. He is a member of the New York Corn Growers Association.
David lives in Saratoga County with his wife, Nicole, and their son, Brendan (13) and daughter, Kiera (11). The Foundation is extremely pleased to have David on the Board and looks forward to utilizing his many talents and expertise as programs and tools continue to be developed. David has a true interest in helping to educate the public about agriculture, and we are go glad that he has now joined our team.