Chad Lee, UK grain crops extension specialist was named director of the UK Grains Center of Excellence. He began his new role on August 1.
"We are thrilled to have such a familiar face to grain producers across the state serving as director of this turnkey project for Kentucky grain research," said Laura Knoth. "KyCorn is looking forward to the development of the center and the opportunities it will bring for Kentucky grain farmers."
The center's faculty and staff will be primarily located at UK's Research and Education Center in Princeton, and will focus their studies on water quality and sustainable methods for intensive agriculture production of grains. As director, Lee will coordinate the center's research and outreach efforts as well as develop and expand partnerships.
"The biggest enjoyment I get from my job is when a farmer tells me that I've helped him improve his or her operation," Lee said. "The center is just one more way we can continue to serve Kentucky grains and forages producers."
Lee has been a member of UK's faculty since 2002, where he has conducted a variety of applied research and outreach programs for grain growers. He has also served on a number of agriculture boards.