People and Careers
Agriculture and the industries that use agriculture products in Kentucky provide many job opportunities. In fact, 1 out of every 5 jobs in the Commonwealth is related to agriculture in some way. Educational opportunities also abound for students looking to study agriculture subjects. Click on a story to learn more.
If you would have told Dr. Tammy Potter ten years ago, that she would be the state apiarist (fancy word for beekeeper), she probably would have laughed at you. Potter attended college to become an English professor and was one for many years until her grandfather called her back to the farm that she was determined to get away from, to help him take care of his bees.
At Murray State University, outside Oakley Applied Science building stands a man wearing cowboy boots, an old ballcap, drinking a cup of black coffee and smoking a Marlboro cigarette. That man is Dr. O.L Robertson.
Dr. Carl Bradley is a plant pathologist for the University of Kentucky. In his role, he studies diseases in field crops (corn, soybeans, and wheat), researches ways to manage those diseases, and then passes the information on to farmers across the commonwealth.
What is the primary role of GOAP?
We are actually in the application-taking business; administration and compliance for the tobacco settlement fund. As such, we don’t decide who gets the money but we prepare people to go before committees and at the state level to present projects.
A University of Kentucky plant pathologist is part of an international team of researchers who have uncovered an important link to a disease which left unchecked could prove devastating to wheat. UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environmentfaculty member Mark Farman co-authored an article being published today in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Historically, wheat in Kentucky and across North
Will and Maggie Bowling are the future of Kentucky Agriculture. They are also the present. The two biology graduates are using their educations, hands-on experience, and participation in the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) to bring locally-grown and produced food to Clay and surrounding counties.
Had someone told Nancy Hayes that at age 59 she would be known as "The Singing Goat Lady," she would have told them they had to be kidding.
Originally from the Boston area, it was a chance to play collegiate soccer that brought Tammy Stephenson to the University of Kentucky, but it was her passion for nutrition and the opportunity to teach that kept her here.
The time spent on the track solidified Carrie’s conviction that she was meant to live in Kentucky, so immediately upon graduating from high school, she accepted a groom position at Lane’s End Oak Tree division. She jumped in head first, learning how to groom and the ropes of how a first-class Thoroughbred farm operated.
Tyler Phipps has been a crop consultant with Crop Production Services (CPS) in Shelbyville for five years. Coming from eastern Kentucky, he did not realize the tremendous opportunities available in agriculture, but he is thankful CPS gave him a chance.
A quick search on AgCareers.com provided a snapshot of the trends in available jobs and may provide insight for those searching for potential opportunities.
As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky formed in 2014.
Lindie Huffman’s mantra is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care,” and building relationships is just one of this Jane-of-all-trade’s exceptional talents.
KFB Candid Conversation presents a discussion about the topical issues facing the agricultural industry in a question and answer format with a member of the agricultural community. In this column, the issue of agricultural research and extension are discussed with Dean Nancy Cox of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Joe Hildesheim has been with Kroger for 39 years and managing the meat and seafood merchandising of nearly 100 retail stores for the past six years. He got his start at 18 as a bagger, and has worked his way up through dedication, education, company management programs, and great people skills.
If you were a patient sitting in Dr. Randy Smoot's dental office you probably wouldn't guess that the man who fixes your smile is also the man who currently owns and cares for the number one ranked Angus bull in America.
Carrie Pendleton likes structure and rules, which makes her job with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Grain Regulation Branch a perfect fit.
TJ Conrad did not grow up on a farm, but his home in McLean County was surrounded by agriculture. Providing labor on local farms was always a good way to make some pocket money, and he developed a fascination with farm equipment.
Amanda Robertson has a job title that only three other people in the nation can claim. What is more surprising is the fact that she studied to become a teacher.
My good friend Brent Burchett serves as a bridge between the business of agriculture and government. While becoming a “bureaucrat” was not really what he was after, I attest that he has a passion for serving Kentucky’s farmers.
It was obvious that Becky Kinder and the Kentucky Soybean Board were a great fit considering she interned with them three summers in a row. Becky became their full-time education director in 2004.
A story on how a third generation farm girl who worked for and retired from Toyota, got back into farming, goat production specifically, and she developed and markets a line of soaps and hand creams. Nancy Hayes of Laurel County describes her venture as an ag entrepreneur and she gives plenty of credit to the Ky Proud program and the many retailers these days who support it.
Being outside and working with people appealed to Sean Godbold, an Oneida, Ky. native, and when looking at potential careers, he figured that the title of forester would provide that for him. While he spends a lot of time outdoors, it’s his biology and conservation knowledge that makes him a respected and awarded tree inspector.
Lindsay Phillips is currently the Country Home Loan Officer in the Maysville office. She started her career with Farm Credit Mid-America as a Financial Services Officer (FSO) two and a half years ago. Prior to her current role, Lindsay was a loan officer for the Buffalo Trace Area Development District and worked at a local bank.
Growing up on his family’s dairy and tobacco farm in Hart County, Brad Hines worked as a diesel technician at Jacobi Sales and ran his own diesel truck and farm equipment repair business after graduating college. Knowing he wanted to return to his agricultural roots full-time, Hines purchased his first 113-acre farm at an auction in 2005.
In 2003 Ben bought his first group of cows and raised his first tobacco crop utilizing the farming background he grew up with on his parents’ 176 acre cattle and burley tobacco operation. From that point he expanded significantly on what his father had started and purchased his first farm of 46 adjoining acres in 2005.
The Gajdziks have been involved in farming most of their lives. Matt, although not born on a farm, had the benefit of spending time on a dairy operation at a young age. His love for agriculture grew from there, encouraging him to become a first-generation farmer.
On a warm fall day nearly 200 children and their families laced up their sneakers to read. The Owsley County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received funding to install a StoryWalk in the Owsley County Park.
In the past 18 months, Jamie Porter has faced many challenges. Her husband passed away, and she quickly became a single mom to three children—one grown, one 17 and one 6 years old. She homeschools the youngest child, Lacey, and was grateful to find some helpful resources through the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.
As the average age of farmers in Kentucky continues to rise and longtime producers near retirement, the industry depends on new farmers like Ryan and Misty Bivens, owners and operators of Fresh Start Farms, to carry on Kentucky’s rich agricultural tradition.