Jerry Pierce, Kentucky Farm Business Management Program Coordinator

Jerry Pierce has been State Coordinator of the Kentucky Farm Business Management program for the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics since October 2007. He has worked with Extension Farm Management and Farm Analysis programs since 1987 in North Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky.  Mr. Pierce acquired Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from Auburn University in Agricultural Economics. He taught the Agricultural Tax workshop for the Auburn University Tax Practitioner Seminars for four years and has taught the Ag Chapter for the University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminars for the last ten years. 

Laura Powers, Area Extension Specialist in Farm Business Management, Pennyroyal

Since September 2012, Laura Powers has been a Farm Business Analysis Specialist in the Pennyroyal Farm Analysis Group, located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.   Laura spent the previous five years as an Extension Specialist with the University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics, working in tobacco financial analysis and labor education. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from UK. Previous work experience includes time as a Credit Analyst with CoBank and a Business Development Specialist with the Kentucky Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.  Over the past 16 years, Laura has worked with hundreds of farmers in Kentucky and surrounding states on various management, financial, labor and tax issues.

Jonathan Shepherd, Extension Associate

Jonathan Shepherd is a former area Extension Specialist with the Kentucky Farm Business Management Program with the University of Kentucky.  In that capacity, he assisted farm families in the Lincoln Trail Farm Analysis Group with financial recordkeeping and farm management decision making.  He teaches Farm Management Principles at UK. He holds BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, and is currently pursuing his Phd.