Advisory Board

Dr. David W. Williams

DW Hemp

  • B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, 1981 (Technical Horticulture)
  • M.S. University of Kentucky, 1993 (Crop Science)
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 1996 (Crop Science)


  • 2014-present: Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Same as Agronomy), University of Kentucky; responsible for research (50%), teaching and advising (50%).
  • 2003-2014: Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Same as Agronomy), University of Kentucky; responsible for research (60%), teaching and advising (30%), and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Agronomy (10%).
  • 1997-2003: Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky; responsible for research (61%), teaching and advising (39%).

Dr. Williams has been directly involved in agronomic science for his entire career. This includes positions as a practitioner, researcher, and teacher. He has also served in leadership positions in several national, regional, and UK organizations/committees. His research interests include agronomic science as related to optimizing production systems of industrial hemp and feedstocks for biofuels.

Dr. Tony BrannonPhoto by Hutson Logo

  • Joined Murray State University as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education in 1988
  • Chair of the Agriculture Department from 1997-2000
  • Coordinator of Academic Programs for the School of Agriculture from 2000-2004
  • He also served has served two terms as Chairperson of the Kentucky Agricultural Council, Inc, in 2007 and in 2013
  • Chair of the statewide task force that developed the state’s first strategic plan for Agriculture “A Pathway for Kentucky’s Agriculture and it’s Rural Communities: 2007-2012 Strategic Plan”.

Dr. Brannon serves as Dean of the School of Agriculture at Murray State University. In addition to his leadership as dean, Tony has also been instrumental in forming the West Kentucky AgBioworks Initiative to promote Agri-Energy in the region. This initiative has secured funding to implement several projects regarding Agri-Energy. Just recently, Murray State received a USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to help supplement the implementation of a Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment Grant to install a bioburner and they also had the first legal planting of Agricultural Hemp in the nation.

Dr. Brannon also manages and operates the Brannon Family farm in Puryear, Tennessee. The diverse family farm consists of corn, wheat, soybeans and beef cattle and most recently, biomass crops. In 2005, he became involved with the University of Tennessee switchgrass project with an initial planting of 15 acres of Alamo variety. In 2008, he became involved with Memphis BioDimensions and was one of the members of their 25 Farmer Network. As part of this project, he planted an additional 5 acres of Ceres switchgrass. His sons have formed Brannon AgriEnergy and have worked with several additional biomass crops.

Paul Woosley, PhD

Western Kentucky University (Researcher)
M.S. Agronomy

Paul Woosley is an Edmonson County native. He received a B.S. in Agriculture with a concentration in soil science and a chemistry minor from Western Kentucky University. He earned a M.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky working with forages. Paul moved into turfgrass research for his Ph. D. work at UK. In 2002, he was received his Ph. D. in Crop Science from UK. Upon completion of this degree, he accepted a position with WKU’s Department of Agriculture. Along with Todd Willian, Dr. Woosley has led WKU’s research efforts in the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program since its inception.


Dr. Bruce Robert Pratt

Eastern Kentucky University
Professor, Department of Agriculture

Professional Preparation

  • Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, Animal Husbandry BS, 1974
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, Reproductive Physiology MS, 1976, Claude Worthington Foundation Fellow
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, Reproductive Physiology PhD, 1979, Claude Worthington Foundation Fellow
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, Physiology, Post-Doc 1979-1981


  • Director, Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT), 2009 to 2014, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Chair, Department of Agriculture, February 2004 – June 30, 2010, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Professor of Agriculture, 1998 – Present, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Associate Professor of Agriculture, 1988 – 1998, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Assistant Professor of Animal Science, 1981 – 1988, University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Research Associate (Post Doctorial Position) in Physiology, 1979 – 1981, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Synergistic Activities

  • Developed and served as director of EKU’s Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (EKU CRAFT).
  • Chair of the Department of Agriculture at Eastern Kentucky University from 2004-2010. Responsible for management of departmental activities that included faculty recruitment and evaluation, scheduling of classes, curriculum development and budgets.
  • Management and Development of grants and contracts for CRAFT.

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