Extension Specialist, UK Agricultural Economics, CES
Center for Crop Diversification
KY Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education (SARE)
I provide support and resources to Cooperative Extension personnel, other agriculture outreach professionals, and producers in Kentucky as well as the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.
At the Center for Crop Diversification we generate, aggregate, and host regional specialty crop production and marketing resources. These include specialty crop overviews, budgets, production resources, marketing guides, economic decision tools, and price reports. I spearheaded a redesign of our website and Facebook pages in 2016. My current priorities are promoting the site, strengthening our regional partnerships, and developing resources relevant to our clients. Working with my colleague, Christy Cassady, I produce a monthly newsletter, manage a Facebook Page, develop curricula, and regularly deliver lectures and workshops throughout the region.
"Brett keeps the Extension Associate productivity bar extremely high. But he works in such a way that inspires others around him to work harder and be better. He is the consummate professional communicator and program planner...Brett's initiative is hard to over state… He holds himself to the highest standards of self-improvement, but prioritizes these opportunities with a view toward what can help grow the programs and industry around him…The newsletter, Facebook and other media are highly effective and growing in reach and quality. The webinars and the website itself are of excellent quality that represent our UK programming in the most professional way possible…He manages a complex program, including complex funding and programming across multiple departments and institutions, and I cannot stress enough his excellence in assuring that the Kentucky SARE program remains well-regarded throughout the southern region."
-2016 Year-End Performance Review Comments
“Brett has been enormously productive…His efforts have been widely acclaimed by administrators, Extension professionals, and producers…Brett has been a superior professional. I can’t imagine anything more that anyone can do in this position…I have a lot of confidence to put him in any potentially sensitive situation professionally…Hard to overstate how easy it is to work with Brett. Mostly I'm trying to keep up with his energy and ideas myself to make sure he has the resources he needs. Brett is a solid self-starter and very creative.”
-2015 Year-End Performance Review Comments
“[Brett] sets an inclusive tone for our entire group, and provides a lot of social cohesion within the team and in our interactions with other faculty and staff…[He presents] a high standard of ethical behavior and conducting [himself] in a highly professional manner…His leadership of the graduate students and other staff has led to marked improvements in facilities and our capacity as a group…[Brett is] identifying key issues in our organizational structure and infrastructure that are limiting the quality of work that we do, and finding creative and effective solutions for all manners of problems. [His] ability to identify issues, and determine root causes, and apply solutions is impressive.”
- 2013 Year-End Performance Review Comments
"Excellent! I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot about sociology. Easily one of the best classes I have taken at UK."
"I really enjoyed the emphasis on learning in this class rather than the emphasis on grading."
"The style of class material made content easily relatable to real-world scenarios."
"Thoroughly enjoyed the professor and the way he taught the class. Looked forward to coming to class because he made things interesting."
"He’s got a nice beard."
- Student evaluations (2013 & 14)