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North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley

North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley

Kevin Athearn

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.

Programs

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.

Kevin Athearn

Contact

UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center - Suwannee Valley
7580 County Road 136
Live Oak, FL 32060

Phone: (386) 219-4262
athearn@ufl.edu