Ohio-native Chad Lee, who serves as the University of Kentucky grain crops Extension specialist, started a new role as director of the Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence.
The new center was funded in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. The center’s faculty and staff, located primarily at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton, study water quality and sustainable methods for intensive agriculture production of grains and forages. As director, Lee will coordinate the center’s research and outreach efforts and develops and expands partnerships with agribusinesses, growers and other stakeholders while continuing his duties with grain crops through Extension.
A native of Ross County, Lee grew up on a family farm raising grain crops and swine and participated in 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau youth programs. He received a bachelor’s in agriculture from Berea College, a master’s in agronomy from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University.