Abbie will contribute weekly to our HD Notebook blog, compile the top 50 dairy co-ops list, update the 2-year colleges list, write Farm Flashes, and prepare other articles for the magazine based on farm visits and meetings she attends.
Abbie comes to us from Cato, N.Y. Her parents are Slade and Kristin Cox. She has one younger sister, Lydia, and two younger brothers, Merritt and Everett.
The Cox family owns and operates Ox Cart Dairy, a first generation dairy farm where they milk 260 cows. Growing up, Abbie was very involved with the farm. Although she originally considered a future career in wildlife biology, her love for the dairy industry led her to study agriculture afterall.
Upon graduation from Cato-Meridian High School, Abbie headed to Ithaca, N.Y, to attend Cornell University. She just completed her junior year. At school, she is majoring in animal science. In addition to her her class work, Abbie keeps busy with many extracurriculars. She is involved with the university’s dairy club, the Sigma Alpha-Alpha Psi sorority, and she is also a peer advisor for CALS (College of Agriculture and Live Sciences) Student Services. Beyond school, her favorite things are music (she sings and plays the ukelele), spending time with her family, and anything related to cows.
Abbie has completed internships the past two summers. Following her freshman year, she worked for the MILC Group in San Luis Obispo, Calif., as a sales and marketing intern. Last summer, she served as a communications intern for the Animal Agriculture Alliance in Arlington, Va.
After graduation in the spring of 2021, Abbie plans to pursue a career in the dairy or animal agriculture industry, working in public relations or communications.