Kentucky Ag News

KSU project manager receives top agriculture honor


Kentucky State University


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Louie Rivers Jr., small farmer outreach training and technical assistance program project manager at Kentucky State University, received the Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership Award on Oct. 19.

Louie Rivers

Presented by the University of Kentucky chapter of the Honor Society of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Thomas Poe Cooper Award is the highest honor given by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Nancy Cox, dean of the UK agriculture college, recommended and selected Rivers as this year’s recipient. Rivers is the only Kentucky State University professional to receive this award.


With nearly 40 years as dean, Dr. Thomas Poe Cooper was the longest tenured dean of the UK College of Agriculture.