UK Agricultural Economics

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.

Link to KyFarmStart - Kentucky's Beginning Farmer Program


KyFarmStart - Kentucky's Beginning Farmer Program provides beginning farmers with a variety of resources specifically designed for beginning farmers and next-generation farmers.

Photo of Dr. Will Snell testifying before the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Will Snell

During his career at UK, Dr. Will Snell has made over 1,000 presentations to local, regional, state, national, and international audiences, including testimonies before various committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and the Kentucky General Assembly.

Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) is an intensive two year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals who want to be on the "cutting edge" of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities and society in the 21st century.

Photo of Dr. Jerry Skees

Dr. Jerry Skees

Dr. Jerry Skees is H. B. Price Professor of Agricultural Policy and Risk at the University of Kentucky. In the photo, Dr. Skees is stressing the importance of agricultural insurance at the Agricultural Insurance Systems for Small Farmers in India. The seminar was organized by the Asian Productivity Organization.

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