Research farm managers McKay and Stachowski retire after 38, 32 years

Two long-term research farm managers – with a combined 70 years of dedication to Cornell – retired this year, after careers spent facilitating research that has strengthened New York’s food system and agricultural industry.

Steve McKay, former manager of Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, NY, retired in April after 38 years of service, all at the Thompson Research Farm. Paul Stachowski ’79, MPS ’91, former supervisor of Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, NY, retired in February after 32 years of service, including work in vegetable and field crops, weed and soil sciences and 14 years as supervisor of Musgrave Farm. Thompson and Musgrave are two of the nine research farms across New York state operated by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell AES).

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