University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
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photo of Craig HansonPSS Grad Student on Asian Work Adventure
By Chad Lee. LEXINGTON, Ky., (11262013) Earlier this fall, Graduate student John Orlowski chose to interrupt his academic studies here in Lexington for an amazing work abroad learning experience.  Once John discovered the possibility for overseas work he  decided to make a leap of faith and take the job with the USDA in China working with the U.S Embassy.  This is not John’s first international trip this year... Read the complete news item here.

photo of industrial hemp seed PSS Agronomist Co-Lead for UK Pilot Study on Industrial Hemp
LEXINGTON, Ky., (05272014)The study is a joint effort between the UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center led by UK agronomists David Williams and Rich Mundell. The study includes three trials. Researchers will manage two trials for fiber production and one for seed production.. Read more.

photo of Bill Witt and Michael DeFelice2014 Distinguished Alumni
LEXINGTON, Ky. (05052014) - Each year the department sets aside time in the spring semester to celebrate our graduate programs. Part of that celebration is the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for a graduate from our programs.  This spring we honored Dr. Qingshun Li who received his Ph.D. Degree in Plant Physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1995... Read the complete news item here.

photo of StudentsDemand for Ag Scientists Expected to Exceed Supply
LEXINGTON, Ky., (032414) In 2013, CSAW (The Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce) conducted a survey to better understand their projected, near-term needs for hiring domestic agricultural scientists. Answers from the six largest responding CSAW life science companies show they expect to hire more than 1,000 domestic Ag Scientist between now and 2015, ...largely in: plant sciences, plant breeding/genetics, and plant protection. Read more.

photo of Joe Chappell2014 Great Teacher Award
LEXINGTON, Ky., (01082014) For the second year in a row, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been honored to have a faculty member selected for the highly coveted award given to only six University recipients each year.  2013 recipients Included Professor John Grove.  This year, Mark Coyne, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the IPSS graduate program, was named one of 2014’s Great Teachers at the University of Kentucky. See the complete news story here.


Department faculty members participate in the Interdisciplinary Plant and Soil Sciences graduate program along with four undergraduate programs: Agricultural Biotechnology; Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences; Natural Resources and Environmental Science; Sustainable Agriculture. In addition, there are numerous extension and research programs in the department.

Faculty and Staff

Our department has 44 regular and 6 adjunct faculty members and 81 staff members.


Our extension and research programs explore multiple aspects of plant and soil sciences detailed in our databases of research and extension publications.