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.
Thanks to great effort from our Academic Quiz Bowl students and coaches, we were able to take 2 teams to the national competition at AAEA in San Francisco. Team Nate Trull, Olivia Cline, and Jason Simon finished 2nd in the double-elimination tourney, defeating previously undefeated Purdue to force a play-off. Quiz bowl team members who particpated at AAEA are(L to R): Wuyang Hu (instructor/advisor), Jerrod Penn (head coach), Leigh Maynard (big supporter and cheerleader), April Winebarger, Nate Trull, Olivia Cline, Megan Harper, Jordan Bonar, and Jason Simon. AWESOME JOB!!!!!
The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) is a multi-department college level unit with the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) led by Agricultural Economics Extension Professor Alison Davis. In the photo from left to right are CEDIK staff members: Marissa Aull, James Allen, Melissa Bond, Simona Balazs, Alison Davis, Melody Nall, Sarah Bowker, Dan Kahl, and Lucia Ona Ruales
Ph.D. student Abdelaziz Lawani spent this summer researching and meeting with people in the Republic of Benin about entreprenurship. Abdel is very passionate about helping the people, especially the people in Benin, to have opportunities for a better life through entrepreneurship.