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Corey Reed Is Rooted in Agricultural Community

By Isabel Lea Sterne ’10

Corey Reed
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Corey Reed

Only at Cornell can you find Ivy-League tractor drivers. Corey Reed ’13 is one of them. As part of the CALS land-grant mission, the college provides scholarships to students, like Reed, who come from farming backgrounds in New York State.

“Cornell was actually cheaper because of financial aid than my surrounding community colleges,” says Reed, who receives about $15,000 in scholarship money each year.

Under Dean Susan Henry, CALS has worked to provide aid to farm and rural New York students who otherwise could not afford Cornell’s high price tag. It appears that word has gotten out. The CALS Class of 2013 includes more than 40 students from farm families and an additional 130 students with agricultural, Future Farmers of America (FFA), or 4-H experience.

“Part of what attracted me to Cornell was that I knew people here who I had strong bonds with already,” says Reed, who knew four students from his participation with the FFA, a youth-focused agricultural education program, and nine other students from his high school.

Like other agricultural students, Reed grew up working on his family’s farm. “I started when I was old enough to hold a flashlight,” he says. Reed worked on tractors, helping to maintain his family’s 12,000 acres of land, and assisted in milking the 170 cows at Reed Haven Farms.

Now Reed is furthering his knowledge of farming as he works to fulfill his double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Science Education at Cornell.

Keeping his strong ties with the agricultural community, he is still active with the FFA dairy club and participated in a trip to tour cheese factories in Florence and Rome.

Reed plans to get his teaching certification to teach science and agriculture in his hometown in Jefferson County. The Agricultural Science Education major is part of the Cornell Teacher Education program in the CALS Department of Education.