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Fresh off the network: August 2009

Agriculture.com Staff 07/28/2009 @ 2:40pm

Tiffany Nichols has no problem being a female in a male-dominant occupation. "I really don't see a major difference in the way I'm treated being female other than having guys look at me funny because I can lift more than them," she says. "In the dairy industry, though, I think a majority of the people are excited to see a female. They accept it well and treat me like I'm one of the guys."

Nichols attended a community college for a year and decided the farm life was for her. "I decided my time was better spent on the farm instead of the classroom," she says. "The main thing I like about farming is the freedom. I just feel like I'm on top of the world. I really don't know how to describe it."

Nichols and her younger brother, Allen, plan on expanding the herd and having a milking parlor in the future. "We are hoping that in a three- to five-year period we can expand to 330 cows milking. Allen plans on doing more of the feeding and crops; I mainly plan on keeping cows under control," she explains. Nichols credits her dad for pushing her to stay in the industry and giving her the courage to fulfill her dreams.

Age: 19

Farm Location: Farmersville, NY

Education: Wyoming County Dairy Institute

Farming Practices: The Nichols' farm has 250+ acres of corn, 760 acres of hay, and 200 dairy cattle.

Tiffany Nichols has no problem being a female in a male-dominant occupation. "I really don't see a major difference in the way I'm treated being female other than having guys look at me funny because I can lift more than them," she says. "In the dairy industry, though, I think a majority of the people are excited to see a female. They accept it well and treat me like I'm one of the guys."

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