Extension director named
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.
He and his wife, Shelly, will move to Manhattan later this summer.