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Introducing Our Newest Team Member...

We've had a few changes in the Knowledge Center over the last several months.  Lauren Arbogast left the Knowledge Center to go back to the classroom, and we are excited to announce we have a new team member! 

Sarah Scyphers joined the team at the beginning of October, and we are incredibly excited to have her!  Sarah will be responsible for our Ag Biz Planner, Ag Biz Basics and FarmLaunch Programs. 

We'd like to take a moment to introduce Sarah...

Sarah, a resident of Abingdon, VA is no stranger to agriculture. She, her husband Aaron and their three children Nicole (19), Isaac (8) and Hannah (6) operate their family farm, Springlake Livestock, where they raise cattle and sheep. As a family, they also enjoy showing livestock including market lambs, breeding heifers and market steers. Sarah has always been involved in agriculture and farming having grown up on her family farm in Floyd, VA, where she learned to care for livestock alongside her father and grandfather who are still farming the land today with her brother. She, herself, was involved in showing lambs growing up and was involved in her county 4-H program.


Sarah is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. Degree in Animal and Poultry Science in 2005 and a M.S. Degree in Career and Technical Education in 2006. She comes to the Knowledge Center after spending 12+ years in the Agriculture classroom. She has recently been at Holston High School in Damascus, VA, where she taught in the Animal Systems Pathway, Agribusiness Pathway and Natural Resources Pathway. While at Holston she began an onsite learning lab, or farm, where students raise calves, chickens and lambs. While there she also managed a 3000 sq. ft. aquaculture facility that was student ran and operated. Sarah was also recognized for her accomplishments in the agriculture industry and community in 2017 when she won the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Sarah is currently serving her community and staying involved in Agriculture by serving on her local fair board, the Agriculture Advisory Council for her county Board of Supervisors and a local Promise Walk for Preeclampsia planning committee to name a few. She is actively involved in her local church where she participates in planning children’s events and working with the youth.

Sarah is very excited to join the Knowledge Center team and the Farm Credit family!

Monday, October 15, 2018
MaryAlice R Dunbar
I love reading this about Sarah. My family was friends with her Grandfather Kermit and Grandmother Frances. I have known Mark since he was a young boy. I love that Sarah and her family are carrying on farming in Abingdon.
10/16/2018 4:40:16 AM