Emily Yeiser Stepp is the Vice President of the National Dairy FARM Program. In this role she is responsible for the management of strategic initiatives for the US dairy industry’s social responsibility program that encompasses animal care, antibiotic stewardship, environmental stewardship and workforce development. She also leads the day-to-day work related to animal care. Emily has been with National Milk Producers Federation since 2016.
Yeiser Stepp began her involvement in the dairy industry through the 4-H dairy leasing program where she was able to “borrow” a calf from a local dairy farm to show at local, county and state fairs. Today, she and her family maintain a small herd of registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss under the Spots-Pride prefix, that are housed at Palmyra Farm in Maryland and Bullcreek Farm in Pennsylvania.
Yeiser Stepp was involved in Maryland 4-H and the leasing program for over 10 years and then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management from Penn State University.
At Penn State, she was an active member of the Dairy Science Club, member of the collegiate dairy judging team, a sister of Alpha Zeta Fraternity and was President of the American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division. Upon graduation from Penn State, Yeiser Stepp worked for ABS Global Inc. as their Young Sire Program Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region. She then went on to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech and in 2011, obtained her Master of Science degree in Dairy Science. Her research was focused on how mastitis and metabolic diseases impact on dairy cow behavior.
Yeiser Stepp also served as the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the execution of on-farm resource programs and the development and outreach to the industry’s next generation through the Center’s Foundation. Immediately prior to her role with the FARM Program, she served as the Dairy and Beef Extension Coordinator at the University of Maryland.