Lansing, N.Y. (July 20, 2022) – Offering a glimpse into the lives of hardworking farmers, American Dairy Association North East released a new episode of “This American Dairy Farmer,” a digital series highlighting family, tradition and sustainable food production on local dairy farms.
Every gallon has a story, and “This American Dairy Farmer” offers a behind-the-scenes look at dairy farms and the families who operate them, while helping viewers make personal connections with those who produce their food.
In “Following Father’s Footsteps,” which debuted July 20th on AmericanDairy.com, viewers meet dairy farmer Jake Palladino from Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing, N.Y. This Cornell University graduate says he strives to provide the best care to the cows and the people that he manages every day. He’s come a long way since he was just a boy doing odd jobs at the farm.
“When I got to Cornell University and started taking agriculture and dairy classes, I fell in love with the science. I began to realize why we do all of these little things that we did when I was growing up and how important they are,” Palladino says.
“My goal every day is to be a support system to the cows and the crew,” he says.
Watch “This American Dairy Farmer” to learn more about why Palladino is so passionate about farming, following in his father’s footsteps, and how having four older sisters helped prepare him for his career.
“This series is an opportunity for consumers to meet and learn about the people who produce the milk for everything from their morning coffee to their children’s school meals,” said John Chrisman, CEO of American Dairy Association North East. “You see the passion dairy farmers have for taking care of their animals, protecting the environment and leaving a legacy for the next generation.”
“This American Dairy Farmer” will visit 12 dairy farms in 2022. New episodes will continue to air through the summer months at AmericanDairy.com, where seasons one and two are also available available here. Other Finger Lakes area dairies featured in the first two seasons include Maple Lane Farms in Marietta, Beck Farms in Freeville and Hemdale Farms in Seneca Castle.