Regional Specialized Agent

Rural Agribusiness


Kevin Athearn serves as a Regional Specialized Agent in Rural and Agribusiness Development for Florida’s Northeast Extension District. Based at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, his work focuses on small farm marketing, agritourism and ecotourism, farm enterprise budgets, and the economics of conservation practices and alternative farming systems.


Kevin earned his Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He then spent 11 years in Maine, where he taught university classes; did applied research and outreach for the seafood, tourism, and blueberry industries; and founded the Downeast Youth Soccer Association. In 2015 he put down his snow shovel and returned to Florida with his family.


Kevin enjoys learning about the needs, challenges, and successes of North Florida agriculture. He collaborates with others on extension programs helping new and experienced farmers achieve their goals, while supporting resource conservation and rural development in the region.