Living the Land Grant Mission Everyday
Our greatest challenge is truly being able to capture the breadth of our department's work. It has also changed over the years, from a Farm Economics department that included rural sociology, to one that deals with the entire farmer-to-consumer food system, environmental and natural resource issues, and local and international economic development. We have faculty and staff in Lexington, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, Henderson, Princeton, and Mayfield. We are also the administrative home for Kentucky’s Small Business Development Center. We are heavily involved in College-wide programs like the Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, the Food Systems Innovation Center, the Center for Crop Diversification, International Programs, Ag Equine Programs, and the Office of Diversity. We are collaborative and we are effective.
We were well represented at SAEA (our regional Agricultural Economics meeting) this year. (From left to right) Back Row: Bo Chen, Abdel Lawani, Leigh Maynard, Tyler Mark, Steve Buck, Yuqing Zheng, GwanSeon Kim, and Yilan Xu; Middle Row: Kenny Burdine, Jordan Shockley, Jordan Champion, Whitney Crume, Madeline Dant, Wuyang Hu, Ben Martin and Jerrod Penn; Front Row: Jessica Richard, Samane Zare, Mehdi Nemati and Elham Darbandi.
Tim Woods and Jairus Rossi have been busy 'planting a seed for change'. Along with Jody Ensman (UK Health and Wellness), Vanessa Oliver (Clinical Dietitian, UK Health and Wellness) and Sandy Canon from Bluegrass Harvest, they attended a meeting at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to give a presentation about the USDA-funded Employer CSA Vouchers to over 150 participants related to the CDC and NC-based medical, health, and agriculture communities.
Assistant Professor Steve Buck has a strong interest in conservation. His research includes studying conservation programming on water consumption and valuing investments in reliable infrastructure. He is also working with our graduate students to improve their job-search skills.
Janet Flaugh, Vallorie Henderson, Toni Sears, and David Oetken provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs as well as meeting the educational needs of the local small business community in the Louisville office of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center.