Emily Yeiser Stepp is the Director of FARM Animal Care. Emily grew up just outside of Annapolis, Maryland. She 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. Yeiser Stepp was involved in Maryland 4-H and the leasing program for over 10 years and then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree 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, Emily 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’s of Science degree in Dairy Science. Her research was focused on how mastitis and metabolic diseases impact on dairy cow behavior. Yeiser Stepp served as the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for 4 ½ years. In this role, 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 Animal Care Program, she served as the Dairy and Beef Extension Coordinator at the University of Maryland. Emily and her family maintain a small herd of 30 registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss under the Spots-Pride prefix, that are housed at Palmyra Farm in Maryland. Emily and her husband currently reside in Northern Virginia.