Dr. Ken Andries Dr. Ken Andries

Phone: 502-597-5094

Dr. Andries is an animal scientist, specializing in goats. He is working to assess the potential of grazing as an organic weed management tactic.


Dr. George Antonious

Dr. George Antonious

Phone: 502-597-6005

Dr. Antonious is a natural products chemist. He is developing botanical insecticides from tomatoes and peppers. The products he develops will be suitable for use on organic farms.


Bomford picDr. Michael Bomford

Dr. Bomford's research and extension efforts at Kentucky State University focused on organic and sustainable production systems. He now works at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in Vancouver, British Columbia.


CambronMr. Jon Cambron

Phone: 502-597-6707

Mr. Cambron works on developing renewable energy systems to support organic farms.


CrabtreeMs. Sheri Crabtree

Phone: 502-597-5698

Ms. Crabtree's work on pawpaw, blackberry, and other fruit adapted to Kentucky includes experimentation with organic production techniques.


DasguptaDr. Siddhartha Dasgupta

Phone: 502-597-5036

Dr. Dasgupta is an agricultural economist, with expertise in marketing. He is leading KSU's "Farming for Cash" program, which teaches small-scale farmers how to grow and market high-value specialty products, such as organic crops.


LoweMr. Jeremy Lowe

Phone: 502-597-5834

Mr. Lowe's work on pawpaw, blackberry, and other fruit adapted to Kentucky includes experimentation with organic production techniques.


Pomper picDr. Kirk Pomper

Phone: 502-597-5942

Dr. Pomper is the Associate Director of Research at KSU. He also develops new production techniques for fruit crops -- especially berries and pawpaw. He is developing organic management tactics for pawpaw and blackberry.


Louie RiversMr. Louie Rivers, Jr.

Phone: 502-597-6327

Mr. Rivers runs KSU's Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Program. He notifies limited resource and minority farmers of USDA programs available to them, and helps them develop alternative farming enterprises, including certified organic operations.


sedlacek picDr. John Sedlacek

Phone: 502-597-6582

Dr. Sedlacek is an entomologist, with a background in ecology. He studies ways to attract beneficial insects to organic land to reduce the need for pesticides.


Silvernail picMr. Tony Silvernail

Phone: 502-597-6974

Mr. Silvernail has focused on organic crop production for several years. He is currently working with Dr. Bomford, to evaluate effects of farm scale on sustainability.


Simon picDr. Marion Simon

Phone: 502-597-6437

Dr. Simon is the SARE state coordinator and KSU's Small Farm Program director. She develops training programs for small farmers and extension agents in Kentucky. She coordinates KSU's innovative Third Thursday Thing programs, which include regular workshops for farmers considering organic production, marketing, and risk management.


Tope picDr. Avinash Top

Phone: 502-597-6012

Dr. Top is a microbiologist, working on food safety and nutrition projects. His work includes food safety assessments of organic farming systems.



Dr. Changzheng Wang

Phone: 502-597-6097

Dr. Wang is a nutritional scientist. He examines the effects of different farming techniques -- including organic practices -- on nutrient composition and food quality.


Webster picDr. Tom Webster

Phone: 502-597-6351

Dr. Webster studies honeybees. He produces honey without using synthetic pesticides. He is interested in working with Kentucky beekeepers who want to make organic honey.


Updated 09/15/14

College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems