Extension: Regional Specialized Agent, Rural and Agribusiness Development
Kevin Athearn provides extension programs in agricultural economics. He assists farmers and food entrepreneurs with business start-up, marketing, business planning, and financial management. He collaborates on applied research projects to provide agricultural stakeholders with economic information to help guide decisions and sustain agriculture in North Florida.
Kevin is a co-leader of the Ag Entrepreneurship short course series for beginning farmers. He has contributed to Small Farms Academy, Farm2Food Accelerator, Suwannee Valley Agricultural Outlook, Agribusiness Financial Management, Homemade Entrepreneur, and Bee College programs. He is an American Farmland Trust certified land access trainer.
Kevin’s applied research focuses on North Florida crops, including greenhouse vegetables, field vegetables, orchard crops, and agronomic crops. Research topics include (1) developing farm enterprise budgets; (2) evaluating the economics of alternative cropping systems and management practices; and (3) assessing markets for current and potential North Florida crops.
UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center - Suwannee Valley
7580 County Road 136
Live Oak, FL 32060
Phone: (386) 219-4262
- Ph.D. degree, Food & Resource Economics. University of Florida 2004.
- M.A. degree, Latin American Studies / Natural Resource Economics. University of Florida. 1999.
- B.A. degree, International Relations. Ursinus College 1991.
Other Selected Publications
- He, F., T. Borisova, K. Athearn, C. Barrett, R. Hochmuth, and D. Adams. 2020. An economic analysis of nitrogen management practices for Florida carrot production. Selected paper prepared for presentation at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, February 1-4, 2020.
- Athearn, K., P. Troy, J. Love, and D. Treadwell. 2019. Farmers’ evaluation of cover crop effects on sandy soils in the Suwannee River basin in North Florida. Final report for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
- Athearn, K., R.C. Hochmuth, W.L. Laughlin, and J.L. Clark. 2018. Economic analysis of small-scale greenhouse tomato production in Florida. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 131:99-102.
- Treadwell, D., J. Perez, M.E. Henry, K. Athearn, and C.G. Campbell (Ed.). 2018. Florida Direct Marketing Handbook. Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Program, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
- Athearn, K.R. and R.C. Hochmuth. 2016. Documenting impacts of BMP adoption by Suwannee Valley watermelon growers. Technical report prepared for BMP Minigrant Program.
- Evans, K.S., K. Athearn, X. Chen, K.P. Bell, and T. Johnson. 2016. Measuring the impact of pollution closures on commercial shellfish harvest: The case of soft-shell clams in Machias Bay, Maine. Ocean & Coastal Management. 130: 196-204.
- Athearn, K. 2015. Market assessment for Maine-grown Arctic Surfclams. Technical report prepared for the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education and the National Science Foundation.