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Gregg Hadley Named K-State Assistant Director of Extension, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development

Posted on Aug. 12th, 2011
by Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension N
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University has named Gregg Hadley as its new assistant director of extension agriculture, natural resources, and community development for K-State Research and Extension. He will begin his duties Sept. 1.

Since 2002, Hadley has served as associate professor and extension farm management specialist at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, Department of Agricultural Economics. In that role he was an extension educator and researcher, and taught undergraduate classes.

He also brings years of experience in the private sector, having worked in the dairy industry as a farm and nutrition consultant, grain marketing coordinator with Tomorrow Valley Cooperative, Amherst, Wis., and as a district salesperson with Wayne Feeds, Kalamazoo, Mich., among other positions.

"I am very passionate about the role that extension plays in our society, and I want to help make sure that extension continues and thrives in the future," said Hadley, who will also carry the title of associate professor of agricultural economics in K-State's College of Agriculture. "Through friends and reputation, I was very familiar with Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension. I knew it was a system that, like me, put the needs of learners first. I was very excited then to learn of this position opening, and even more excited when I was offered the job."

His professional focus has been in farm financial performance, capital investment analysis, farm management, strategic management, farm business planning and human resource management. Areas of emphasis also have included team management, farm succession, international producer education and manure management economics.

"In my work at UW-River Falls," Hadley said, "I had a mission of helping farms be more profitable and improving the quality of life of farmers, their employees and the stakeholders that depend on them. I am most proud of the fact that my colleagues and I worked hard to live up to that mission on a daily basis - whether it be in an undergraduate classroom, at an extension meeting, or providing advice in a farmer's kitchen."

He earned Ph.D. and master's degrees in agricultural economics at Michigan State University, and a bachelor's degree, also in agricultural economics, at Purdue University.

In his free time, Hadley is a USA-Weightlifting certified coach and competes in Olympic Weightlifting in the Masters age group. He also enjoys taking K-9 agility classes with his dog, Farley, as well as fishing, hiking and outdoor photography.

He and his wife, Shelly, along with Farley, will move to Manhattan later this summer.

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.