PHOTO: Steve Patton, UK Ag. Communications
In August, a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture alumnus will return to lead the Division of Regulatory Services.
Darrell Johnson earned a doctorate in ruminant nutrition from UK in 1982 and became a ruminant nutrition specialist for Mississippi State University, where he remained for six years. In 1989, he moved back to Kentucky to work at Burkmann Feeds in Danville, serving most recently as the director of technical services. He managed all technical assistance to livestock producers. He has authored many publications on ruminant nutrition, and he is also the current president of the Boyle County Cattleman’s Association, a position he’s held since 2008.
He will assume his new duties on Aug. 1, leading a team that is committed to service and consumer protection of Kentucky citizens, businesses and industries.
“The Division of Regulatory Services monitors and analyzes feed, fertilizer, milk, seed and soil using a cooperative, science-based approach,” said Nancy Cox, UK College of Agriculture associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “With his experiences and background in both academia and industry, we are confident Darrell will do an excellent job, and we’re looking forward to him being back on campus.”
The division administers four state laws that regulate the distribution of feed, fertilizer and seed, and the marketing of raw milk. It operates two service programs for testing seed and soil. Through these programs, the division can afford consumer protection, fair markets and services for all Kentuckians.
“I believe regulatory services needs to be vigilant in protecting the consumers of end products, while also helping those who provide the products,” Johnson said. “I envision providing many educational opportunities for the agricultural enterprises to help them understand regulations and also for consumers to help them understand how to interpret labeling information.”
Cox said the division holds a unique position within the UK College of Agriculture and contributes to the land-grant values of learning, discovery and engagement.
Darrell Johnson, 859-257-2785