Division of Food and Animal Science

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Agriculture Research

The Division of Food and Animal Science offers research, extension, and educational opportunities in food systems including animal production, food safety and human nutrition.

There is a rapidly expanding need for persons in the agriculture and food security industries with an emphasis on those trained in the animal and food sciences. These include professionals in USDA; Cooperative Extension; food industry; public health and nutrition; the food and recreational animal industries; local, state and federal government agencies; primary and secondary education systems, food service industry; research laboratories; food safety inspectors; biomedical services; animal feed manufacturing and retailing; international trade in the agricultural industry; journalism; veterinary medical fields; farm management; and animal production systems.

The program covers:

Animal Science:

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Meat goat breeding and production for Kentucky. Fredrick Bebe, Master of Science, Research Associate (Research) and Andrew McKay – Farm Technician (Research)



Food Safety
and Human Health:

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Safety of produce and the impact of obesity on Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and other chronic diseases. Avinash Tope, PhD – Assistant Professor (Research, Teaching), Open Position, Research Assistant (Research) and Open Position, Research Associate – Rosenwald (Research)

Contact: Avinash Tope, PhD


Nutrition Food and Safety:

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Nutritional composition, potential health benefits, and methods to safely preserve foods. Changzheng Wang, PhD – Associate Professor (Research, Teaching), Lingyu Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research) and Cecil Butler, Bachelor of Science, Research Assistant (Research)

Contact: Changzheng Wang, PhD


Small Farm Program:

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The Small Farm Program is designed to enhance the income and sustainability of small farmers in Kentucky with a particular emphasis on limited resource individuals and rural communities. This program includes the award winning Third Thursday Thing Sustainable Agriculture Workshop series. Marion Simon, PhD, Associate Professor, State Specialist and Interim Associate Extension Administrator (Extension)

Contact: Marion Simon, PhD

Small Farm Program, Family Development and Management Program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and Cooperative Extension:

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One-on-one and group educational assistance and workshops focus on well being of Kentucky’s rural, urban, and semirural families, with an emphasis on those who are limited-resource farmers.



Picture of Laura RogersLaura Rogers
(Extension Area Agent/Associate,
Pulaski Co.)



Headshot of Shelley SpiggleShelly Spiggle
(Extension Assistant, Frankfort)

Picture of Danny AdamsDanny Adams
(Extension Assistant, Wayne Co.)

Picture of Angie WhitehouseAngela Whitehouse
(Extension Assistant, Frankfort)
Picture of Edwin ChavousEdwin Chavous
(Extension Agent, Frankfort)