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Louie Rivers, Jr.

Director of County Operations College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension BuildingRoom 109400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-6327

Biography

Louie Rivers, Jr. serves as the director of county operations with the Cooperative Extension Program at Kentucky State University.  He is committed to developing educational programs focusing on local food systems, rural housing, Farm Service Agency loans, farm production and farm management to the small, limited-resource, minority, veteran and women farmers ensuring that they remain a viable part of the agriculture economy.  Currently, he provides leadership to assist county extension councils, and off-campus staff in the formulation and accomplishment of the 1890 plan of work based upon approved program delivery methods.

Rivers has helped secure and manage more than $12 million in extramural funding to enhance Kentucky State University’s work with the small, limited-resource, minority, veteran and women farmers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Participants of the Small Farmers Program have shown an annual increase of $5,000 per participant.  His leadership has impacted more the 20,000 individuals at Kentucky State University’s “Third Thursday Thing.”

He has served as a proposal reviewer for USDA-NIFA grant applications for the last five years.  He has given presentations at the county, state and national level.  Mr. Rivers served on the Governor Commission on Family Farms.  He served on the National Small Farm Conference Planning Committee; Kentucky Small Farm, Limited-Resource/Minority Farmers Conference Planning Committee; the Epsilon Sigma Phi-Alpha Kappa Chapter board of directors; the Community Farm Alliance board of directors, Kentucky Association of State Extension Specialists board of directors; and the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

Before joining Cooperative Extension, he served with distinction on active duty as a regular commission officer in the United States Army for over twenty years retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His military service ignited his passion for impacting the lives of veterans through some of the programs he developed.

Rivers earned B.S. degree from South Carolina State College and M.S. from the University of Florida.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He and his wife (Sarah) are the proud parents of two sons (Louie III & Whitney) and Robert Clay & Yenny) and one grand-son (Louie IV).

Academic History

Specializes in Small Farms and Dairy Science.