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  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy

Five undergraduates in Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science, Elizabeth Maslyn ’22, Johnathan King ’22, Colin Kadis ’22, Matthew Peck ’22 and Grace Harrigan ’22 won the Richard Popp Scholarship Award.

Presented at the 2022 Northeast Dairy Management Conference, the recipients demonstrated impressive academic standing in their major, serving as bright examples for the next generation in agriculture. 

About The Richard Popp Scholarship Fund

The Richard Popp Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by his family, friends and colleagues. He was co-owner of Southview Farm of Castile and Groveland, New York and achieved a local and national reputation as a creative, progressive and successful dairy farmer. Southview Farm is one of the largest milk producers with over 2600 cows.

Richard Popp was born in Buffalo. Dick spent most of his formative years in the Castile-area. He graduated from Letchworth Central School in 1957 and four years later from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, where he was a member of Alpha Zeta Fraternity. His first job was a Cooperative Extension Agent in St. Lawrence County.

In 1964 Dick returned to Wyoming County to join James VanArsdale in a partnership in Southview Farm. Under Dick's leadership the farm grew steadily to it's current dominant size.

Dick was involved in many agricultural organizations. He was a former President of Wyoming County Cooperative Extension, President of the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and served as a director of Farm Bureau, the Advisory Council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association.

But Dick's activities were not limited to dairy farming. He was involved in the Business Development Council of Wyoming County. In 1988 he was appointed Director of the Buffalo Branch at the Federal Reserve Bank and was former President of the Letchworth Central School Board. He also served on the BOCES School Board of Livingston and Wyoming Counties.

Dick was past president of the First Baptist Church at Castile, where he also served as a trustee and deacon. He gave his financial expertise as a director of the Erie Niagara Insurance Company.

Dick was best known as an innovative, aggressive and enthusiastic dairy farmer. Through the years many groups and individuals were welcomed to Southview Farm. Dick loved to share ideas, gain new insights and optimistically discuss the future and challenges of the dairy industry. He absolutely loved what he did and it was obvious to all who knew him.

This scholarship is awarded in the spring to a senior undergraduate student in good academic standing who has spent all four years at Cornell in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and who has a major in either Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics or Animal Science preferably from Western New York or from a rural area.

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