The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers research, extension, and educational opportunities in sustainable/conventional and organic agriculture production systems, agroforestry, horticulture, entomology, apiculture, and in food science and nutrition attributes of these crops. Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions are available in Division Units during the school year and the summer for interested students.

Division Program Units include:

  • Apiculture-Honeybee Program: Honey bee production and methods of identification and control of the pathogen Nosema ceranaeThomas Webster, PhD – Associate Professor (Research, Extension, and Teaching) and Marty Matisoff, Master of Science, Research Assistant (Research)
  • Agroforestry and Wood Chemistry: Emerald ash borer impact on forest ecosystem and wood biomass for gasification for energy production.
  • Biotechnology and Plant Stress. Molecular biology approaches to study gene expression and genetic relationships in plants drought stress.  Farida Olden, PhD – Assistant Professor (Research)
  • Insect Management and Ecology Program.  Conservation Biological Control to preserve and increase abundance and activity of beneficial insect populations in Agricultural crops.  John D. Sedlacek, PhD – Associate Professor (Research, Teaching, Administration, and Interim AFE Chair) and Karen Friley, Master of Science – Research Associate (Research)
  • Fruit Horticulture and Plant Genetics Program. Developing pawpaw, primocane fruiting blackberries, table and wine grapes, spicebush, and eastern filbert blight resistant hazelnuts as new or alternative crops for Kentucky. Kirk W. Pomper, PhD – Professor (Research, Teaching, Administration, and Interim Land Grant Director), Sheri B. CrabtreeMaster of Science, Research and Extension Associate (Research and Extension) and Jeremiah D. Lowe, Master of Science, Research Associate (Research)
  • Floriculture and Medicinal Plant Program. Development of unique orchid hybrids with cold temperature tolerance for use as ornamental plants in Kentucky. Hideka Kobayashi, PhD – Assistant Professor (Research and Teaching).
  • Sustainable and Organic Vegetable Production Program. Organic vegetable cropping systems in the field and in high tunnels and alternative biofuel feedstock production. Shawn Lucas, PhD – Assistant Professor (Research, Extension, and Teaching), Anthony Silvernail, Master of Science, Research Associate (Research), and Open Position, Research Assistant (Research)
  • Water and Soil Science. Examine water and soil contamination in Kentucky. Open Position – Professor (Research, Extension, Teaching) and Open Position, Extension and Research Assistant (Extension and Research)
  • Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm: The 300-acre farm is the home to numerous research projects, including Apiculture, Aquaculture, Entomology, and Horticulture. Integrating these diverse projects on a small farm creates an environment that requires compatibility and sustainability. The KSU farm has fruit and vegetable projects, goat, beef, and poultry trials, as well as 11 acres of certified organic land which hosts a range of projects in organic agriculture. Eddie Reed, Farm Manager
  • Horticulture Extension and Outreach:   County Horticulture Agent – Mr. Stephen Lewis (Jefferson Co.)
  • Rural Development:  Extension Associate – Ms. Joni Nelson


John D. Sedlacek, PhD

Associate Professor and Interim Chair

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Kentucky State University

400 East Main Street

103 Chappell Building

Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 597-6582

Fax:      (502) 597-6371