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Why Not the Best? CA Brochure featuring Bill McCloskey

There is a brochure produced over thirty years ago with my likeness that sits on my bookcase at work that reminds me every day about the great experience I enjoyed while attending the UK Ag College, which was my home away from home. That experience has and continues to positively impact my career because of the daily interaction I have with the UK Ag Extension Service and UK Ag College related outreach programs that are critical to the implementation of programs and services administered by the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy. The caption on the 30 year old brochure reads Why Not The Best? UK Agriculture. I continue to say thirty years later 'Why Not?'
-- Bill McCloskey (B.S., 1984, M.S. 1987)

Where Recent Graduates Are Working

To give a few examples--

  • Aleta Botts (M.S.) is is Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD).
  • Raman Vishwanathan (Ph.D.) is now Director, Risk Oversight for the City of Seattle.
  • Mary (McCain) (B.S.) and Shane Courtney (B.S.) started their own farm business in Shelby County, KY and were honored as the Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2013 Outstanding Young Farm Family
  • Ryan Quarles (M.S.) is now a Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, teaches at Georgetown College and helps on the family farm.
  • Benjamin Collier (Ph.D) is now a Post-doc research fellow in the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Kara Keeton (M.S.) is now owner of her own business, Keeton Communications. She previously worked in the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy.
  • Barry Barnett (Ph.D) is Full Professor Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University.
  • Kolter Kalberg (MS) is now an economist at Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Hawaii
  • Grant Cavanaugh (Ph.D) is Economist at Praedicat, Inc. in Los Angelos, CA.
  • Rachael Brown (M.S) is now Agricultural Economist at the USDA in Washington, D.C.
  • Adam Hancock (B.S.) is now working on his Masters at Kansas State University with a FULL assistantship.
  • Kar Ho Lim (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University.
  • Fabien Tondel (Ph.D.) is now Policy Officer at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Katharine Auchter (M.S.) is now an Economist at HUD in Denver, Colorado.
  • Zheng Liu (Ph.D) is Associate Professor at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, China.
  • Nate Trull (B.S.) is now working on his M.S. at Purdue University with a FULL assistantship.
  • Guzhen Zhou (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, China.
  • Troy Hillerich (B.S) started his own business as a local farmer near Louisville, KY
  • Michael Vassalos (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor of Farm and Agribusiness Management and Production Economics at Clemson University.
  • Sarah Wixon (M.S.) is a Population Health Consultant for Humana in Louisville, KY
  • Robert 'Wes' Harrison (Ph.D) is Professor of Agribusiness Marketing at Louisiana State University.
  • Ben Gramig (Ph.D) is Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics at Purdue University.
  • Sierra Enlow (M.S.) is Director of Operations at Conway Overly for Kentucky in Louisville, KY.
  • Devie Poerwanto (M.S.) is now Market Research Analyst and Marketing Budgets & Metrics Coordinator for Alltech in Nicholasville, KY.
  • John Conley (Ph.D.) is now Assistant Vice President/Economist at M&T Bank in Buffalo, New York.
  • Evan Conrad (B.S.) is now Seed and Precision Ag. Administrator at Agri-Chem, LLC in Hopkinsville, KY.

Needless to say, we are proud of all of our students and alumni!