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Young Farmer Podcast: This year’s FFA state officers are an eclectic bunch from all corners of New York.

Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturist

July 7, 2022

Members of the 2022-23 New York FFA state officer team say they have a lot of work to do to get people excited about the organization again. But this eclectic bunch sounds ready to get to work.

This year’s slate of six state officers are Myah LaFave, president; Hunter Smigel, vice president; Annette Prezzano, secretary; Elizabeth Schieferstine, treasurer; Cristian Gilces, reporter; and Morgan Craven, sentinel.

I recently caught up with the team to talk about their upcoming year as state officers, what interests them about agriculture and farming, and things most people may not know about them.

Give it a listen.

And here’s a rundown of other recently elected state FFA officer teams across the Northeast:

Connecticut. Robert Eselby, president; Maria Batsu, vice president; Anna Silkman, secretary; Danni Syrotiak, reporter; Amelia Pillis, treasurer; Joseph Velky, sentinel; and Breana Butkievich, parliamentarian.

Maine. Nickie Deschaine, president; and Lane McCrum, vice president.

Massachusetts. Eva Scollo, president; Kayla Dundon, vice president; and Alani Medeiros, secretary.

New Hampshire. Matthew Rice, president; Ella Savage, vice president; Jocelyn Roache, secretary; Zachary Hodgman, treasurer; Riley Cheever, sentinel; and Cailey Laroche, reporter.

Vermont. Katherine Whipple, president; Ian Goodyear, vice president; Kylee Ellis, secretary; and Lucas Allen, treasurer.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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