Cheryl CesarioSenior Livestock & Grazing Specialist
Since 2004, Cheryl Cesario has worked directly with dairy and livestock farmers on grazing planning and implementation. She has helped farmers navigate state and federal regulatory requirements and cost-share programming, while also assisting with farm business systems planning and big picture goal setting. Relationship building with farmers forms the foundation of her work. Cheryl’s primary goal is to provide practical, economically-focused assistance to support farmers in building strong and resilient businesses. As a Livestock and Grazing Specialist with American Farmland Trust, Cheryl connects with farmers across New England. As a member of AFT’s Climate and Agriculture team, she works on initiatives focused on grazing and soil health such as the Western New England Regenerative Project, the new Climate SMART project, Dairy Business Innovation Center Cohort Technical Assistance program, and research evaluating the soil and forage impacts of agrivoltaics. Cheryl has a Master’s of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in Animal Science. She also holds a Certified Crop Adviser license. Just as importantly, she has an extensive background with grazing herds and has provided relief milking services on multiple dairy farms. She continues to milk cows in her spare time. Cheryl lives in rural Addison County, Vermont, also known as the land of milk and honey.