Program Description:

There is a rapidly expanding need for persons in the agriculture and food security industries with an emphasis on those trained in the animal and food sciences. These include professionals in USDA; Cooperative Extension; food industry; public health and nutrition; the food and recreational animal industries; local, state and federal government agencies; primary and secondary education systems, food service industry; research laboratories; food safety inspectors; biomedical services; animal feed manufacturing and retailing; international trade in the agricultural industry; journalism; veterinary medical fields; farm management; and animal production systems.

The Division of Food and Animal Science offers research, extension, and educational opportunities in food systems including animal production, food safety and human nutrition.

  • Animal Science: Students will learn modern livestock production through classroom and hands on training in sustainable and intergraded livestock production practices for small to mid size farming operations. The program has a focus in pasture based systems when applicable.
  • Dietary Plant Bioactive Compounds: Learning opportunities for students through research in the area of Dietary Supplements/Nutraceuticals and their health benefits using advance cellular and molecular biological techniques.
  • Community Nutrition: Learning opportunities for students through current Extension and Research projects to learn about various clinical, socio-economic aspects of childhood obesity, health risk evaluation, nutrition education and community based approaches toward its prevention and management.
  • Food and Nutrition. Students will have opportunities to participate in studies of nutritional composition of foods, value-added food products, determinants and consequences of vegetable consumption, potential health benefits of selected vegetables in the prevention of obesity and osteoporosis.
  • Human Nutrition and Health: Learning opportunities through research in the biomedical area of obesity and health related disorders with emphasis on Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and other chronic diseases, their correlation with oxidative stress, evaluation of health risk behavior with a focus on young adults.
  • Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm. The 300-acre farm is the home to numerous research and demonstration projects including apiculture, aquaculture, entomology, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and a mobile processing unit. The farm focuses on sustainable, organic, and small-scale production systems. The farm hosts The Third Thursday Thing which is a monthly, hands-on training in sustainable agriculture, marketing, management and small-scale farming enterprises. Students will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills and to interact with farmers and researchers while participating in activities at the farm.
  • Small Farm Program, Family Development and Management Program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and Cooperative Extension. One-on-one and group educational assistance and workshops focus on well being of Kentucky’s rural, urban, and semirural families, with an emphasis on those who are limited-resource farmers.

The Division of Food and Animal Sciences offers research, Extension and educational opportunities in animal husbandry, livestock production, food sciences, human nutrition, food consumption and marketing, and the food system from agricultural production through consumption.

Division Contact Information:

Dr. Marion Simon
Division of Food & Animal Science
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-597-6437

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