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February 2023-February 2024

President-Elect 2024-2025

Russ J. Garner

Extension/Research Associate

Southern Rural Development Center

Box 9755
160 Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-0153
Fax: (662) 325-8777

President 2024-2025

Marcus Bernard
Associate Professor, Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences
Kentucky State University
Cooperative Extension Building, Suite 231C
105 University Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-5758


Program Chair 2024-2025

Kara Woods

Research Analyst

SDFR Policy Research Center

Office of the President, Alcorn State University

1000 ASU Drive #449

Lorman, Mississippi 39096


Past President 2024-2025 

Eleanor Green

Assistant Director, Delta Scholars, Shackouls Honors College
Mississippi State University
118 Twin Gum Road
Starkville, MS 39759
Phone: 662-402-4451

Program Chair-Elect 2024-2025 

Ryan Thomson

Assistant Professor, Rural Sociology

Auburn University 

Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

313 Comer Hall

Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-5631

Journal Editor 


John J. Green

Director, Southern Rural Development Center 

Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics

P.O. Box 5187
Mississippi State, MS 39762 

Phone: 662.325.0595 


Student Representation

Graduate Student Representative

Meikah Dado, Texas A & M University

Meikah is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department. She is a graduate research assistant at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture where she works on the Africa Team. Her research interests are in international agricultural development involving women and youth. 

Undergraduate Student Representative

Open Position


Robert Zabawa
Research Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Tuskegee University
201 Campbell Hall 
1210 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: 334-727-8114

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