BRANCHPORT — Another statewide organization is now based in Yates County now that the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition has appointed Eileen Jensen to Executive Director of the organization.


Jensen was previously Director of Promotion and Outreach for the farmer founded and funded organization. She’s the lone staff person now, but another will be added during the first half of 2020, she says.


Jensen, a graduate of Penn Yan Academy who grew up on a Benton family farm, will lead the organization’s efforts to expand its programming that supports animal agriculture. She has worked for NYAAC for four years after other agriculture marketing positions in St. Louis, Mo. and Milwaukee, Wisc.


“I live in Branchport and my office is right here. I love it,” she said, describing her territory as the entire state of New York, where she’s excited about helping farmers open the barn doors to consumers


“I love my job. I don’t feel like I’ve worked at all in the last four years,” she says.


NYAAC has several dynamic initiatives aimed at working with farmers to provide consumers transparent and accurate information about farms in New York State. In addition to the popular Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair, NYAAC hosts a series of dairy dialogues across New York giving people the opportunity to learn more straight from the farmers. NYAAC also recently concluded its All-Star Advocates program to help empower a new generation of ambassadors in dairy. In 2020, Jensen will launch additional educational programs to help producers across the state.


“Eileen has been an integral part of NYAAC since coming to our organization in May of 2016. She has proven that she is fully motivated and capable of reaching the goals set by our board that support NYAAC’s mission. She continues to excel in all tasks that are put in front of her and has demonstrated real leadership, especially when challenges come her way. Our board has the utmost confidence in her ability to be promoted to Executive Director and lead NYAAC successfully into the future,” said Steve Palladino, NYAAC Board Chair.


“I have truly enjoyed working for NYAAC over the past four years, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization into the future as its Executive Director. Working alongside farmers throughout New York State makes my job enjoyable and rewarding and I look forward to continuing to expand and build relationships with more farmers in the future,” said Jensen.


Yates County is also home to the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, now based at the Keuka Business Park.