Demand for Ag Scientists Expected to Exceed Supply

LEXINGTON, Ky., (032414) In 2013, CSAW (The Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce) conducted a survey to better understand their projected, near-term needs for hiring domestic agricultural scientists. Answers from the six largest responding CSAW life science companies show they expect to hire more than 1,000 domestic Ag Scientist between now and 2015, ...largely in: plant sciences, plant breeding/genetics, and plant protection.

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2014 Great Teacher Award

LEXINGTON, Ky., (01082014) For the second year in a row, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been honored to have a faculty member selected for the highly coveted award given to only six University recipients each year. 2013 recipients Included Professor John Grove. This year, Mark Coyne, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the IPSS graduate program, was named one of 2014’s Great Teachers at the University of Kentucky. See the complete news story here.

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2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year the department sets aside time in the spring semester to celebrate our graduate programs. Part of that celebration is the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for a graduate from our programs. On April 25, 2014, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, recognized Dr. Qingshun Li, a former student and graduate of the Plant Physiology program as its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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Department faculty members participate in the Interdisciplinary Plant and Soil Sciences graduate program along with four undergraduate programs: Agricultural Biotechnology; Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences; Natural Resources and Environmental Science; Sustainable Agriculture. In addition, there are numerous extension and research programs in the department.

Faculty and Staff

Our department has 44 regular and 6 adjunct faculty members and 81 staff members.

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