CCE Clinton's 2020 Annual Meeting will be Thursday October 1st from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beekmantown Town Hall. Among a discussion of annual highlights, and a finance report, will be the review, vote, and appointment to fill open positions on the Board of Directors and Agriculture Committee. Please find the open positions and candidates below.
I grew up riding horses in Michigan in a town outside of Detroit. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with an Animal Science/Agribusiness Management degree. After school, I was the year-long Equine Management Intern at Miner Institute in Chazy. Upon finishing my internship, I began my position with New York Farm Bureau as a Field Advisor covering a six-county territory from St. Lawrence County to Washington County. Last year, I was selected as part of class 18 for LEAD-NY, an agricultural leadership program through Cornell. I currently live in the town of Mooers with my husband, Josh, and our dog, Gunner. We have a small-scale hobby farm, where we raise meat chickens, laying chickens, pigs, and bees. I truly have a passion for agriculture in the North Country and would be honored to serve on the Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Committee.
I was born and raised in Plattsburgh. My family and I ran a 50-head Hereford beef cow-calf operation in Plattsburgh for many years. As a youth, I showed our beef cattle at both Clinton and Franklin County fairs. I was also a 4-H member in Franklin County for many years until I aged out. I later went on the SUNY-Cobleskill where I obtained an Associate’s in beef and livestock studies and a Bachelor’s in animal science. While working towards my Bachelor’s degree, I was a farm management intern at Miner Institute during the summer of 2016. I soon discovered I wanted to teach my passion, agriculture. So, I attended SUNY-Oswego for agriculture education. While working towards my Master’s, I shadowed several schools with Ag Ed programs in our region. I recently student-taught at NAC under Karen LaBombard where I got the unique opportunity to attend the 2019 FFA National Convention. I recently graduated from SUNY-Oswego in December of 2019. I’m currently seeking Ag Ed positions in the community. I am very passionate about youth in agriculture, and I try to help wherever I can. I’ve judged several youth ag competitions, which include: FFA substrates, 4-H hog show and FFA beef show.Being passionate about beefs shows, I can often be found around the barns at Clinton County Fair. And I make it a priority to be at the beef open shows for Clinton, Franklin, and Essex County Fairs. I have been a member of both the New York Association of Agriculture Educator and National Association of Agricultural Educators since 2017.
Robert Guay grew up on a small dairy farm in Mooers, NY. He has a degree in Political Science from Ithaca College. He then ran his own landscaping business for about five years before changing gears and training to become an agricultural appraiser. Rob worked for Yankee Farm Credit for 11 years, including two years as Manager of Appraisal Services, before starting his own business, Viewpoint Ag Valuation & Consulting, in October 2019. Rob was recently chosen to become the President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, starting in 2021. In his spare time, Rob runs a small direct-market beef and hog operation with his wife and kids and also co-owns a 7,500-tap maple operation in West Chazy with his brother, Kevin.
Matthew Douthat was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Growing up his time was split between Davenport, Iowa and Richmond, Virginia. He graduated with his BA from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburgh, VA in 1998. In 2003 he received his JD from Indiana University at Bloomington. Matthew moved to Clinton County in 2004 where he began private law practice at Niles, Piller & Bracy before forming Insely & Douthat. From 2011 to 2017, Matthew served on the CCE Board including as Board President.
Beekmantown Town Hall
571 Spellman Rd
West Chazy, NY 12992
Last updated August 24, 2020