My experience owning and managing my own business allows me to bring the critical element of reality to my classroom and to share with students what it takes to be successful.

Drove Pasture Farm Business CardProfessor Ligo giving Accounting Capstone students a farm tour.

Owner/Operator Drove Pasture Farm, Mercer, PA

  • Manage all financial, operational, environmental and marketing aspects of 300 acre crop and beef farm.
  • Crops produced:  hay silage, corn silage, baled hay, baled straw, ear corn, shelled corn, oats, wheat, speltz, rye.
  • Cattle: Angus/Hereford brood cows with calves, Piedmontese breeding bull, Holstein steers.
  • Machinery and Equipment maintained:  tractors, trucks, tillage implements, hay implements, wagons, combine, skid steer, speaders, mowers, sprayers, elevators, etc.
  • Involved in agricultural education and awareness through hosting student and adult groups, including international graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Practice and lecture on sustainable agriculture.
  • Educate children and youth about safer farming practices at Penn State Cooperative Extension Farm Safety Days.


Rich chisel plowingChopping hayInternational visitors to Drove Pasture Farm

Farm Safety DayNumber One - The Boss CowJesse disking

Sharing a homemade meal with Accounting Capstone students in the farmhouse kitchen.Accounting Capstone students on farm tour.Students learn about inputs to plant crops.