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

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 program covers:

  • Animal Science: Meat goat breeding and production for Kentucky. Kenneth Andries, PhD –Assistant Professor (Extension, Research, and Teaching), Fredrick Bebe, Master of Science, Research Associate (Research) and Andrew McKay – Farm Technician (Research)
  • Livestock Nutrition: Focus areas include: Improving forage quality and conservation, nutrient digestion and efficiency of nutrient utilization, metagenomic characterization of rumen microbial population, and evaluation of alternative feed ingredients.  Ibukun Ogunade, PhD – Assistant Research Professor (Research and Extension).
  • Food Safety and Human Health: Safety of produce and the impact of obesity on Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and other chronic diseases. Avinash Tope, PhD – Assistant Professor (Research, Teaching). Effects of pesticide exposure on human  health utilizing stem cells as a model. Focus areas include stem cell development, cell techniques, cell types, neuronal differentiation and characterization. Tyra Dunn-Thomas, PhD – Assistant Research Profesor (Research)
  • Nutrition Food and Safety: Nutritional composition, potential health benefits, and methods to safely preserve foods.  Changzheng Wang, PhD – Associate Professor (Research, Teaching), Lingyu Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research)
  • Small Farm Program: The Small Farm Program is designed to enhance the income and sustainability of small farmers in Kentucky with a particular emphasis on limited resource individuals and rural communities. This program includes the award winning Third Thursday Thing Sustainable Agriculture Workshop series.  Marion Simon, PhD, Associate Professor, State Specialist and Interim Associate Extension Administrator (Extension)
  • 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.
    • Louie Rivers, Master of Science, (Interim Project Director)
    • Danny Adams (Extension Assistant, Wayne Co.)
    • Edwin Chavous (Extension Agent, Frankfort)
    • Shelly Spiggle (Extension Assistant, Frankfort)
    • Tehran Jewell (Extension Agent, Warren Co.)
    • Austin Wright (Extension Area Agent/Associate, Christian Co.)
    • Laura Rogers (Extension Area Agent/Associate, Pulaski Co.)
    • Angela Whitehouse (Extension Assistant, Frankfort)



Marion Simon, PhD
Interim Associate Extension Administrator

Division of Food and Animal Science
Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street
Cooperative Extension Building, Room 210
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6437
Fax: (502) 597-5933