New Ag Program Leader in Ulster

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County Announces New Ag Program Leader

Kingston, NY - Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins has returned to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County as the new Agriculture Program Leader for the New World Foundation’s Local Economies Project.  Although she had worked in a variety of capacities for CCE Ulster County – ranging from 4-H youth development to stream restoration projects in the NYC Watershed - Liz started her professional career in agriculture as an agriculture policy specialist for the Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, DC in 1994. 

From 1996-2001 Liz worked on a Kellogg Foundation funded project to develop federal agriculture policy through a series of local, regional and national visioning sessions for the H.A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (now the Wallace Center at Winrock). During that period she also had the opportunity to work with Kathleen Merrigan at USDA on the Final Rule for the National Organic Standards Program.  Liz served as the Director of the Center for Rural Development at Louisiana Tech University from 2003-2006, where she helped to link campus researchers to local projects.  Most recently she served as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader in Sullivan County for Cornell Cooperative Extension.