Applied Agriculture & Food Studies
Buhler Rohlfs Hall (BR)
Keren Brooks sprouted on a family farm in south central Kansas and immediately grew to love agriculture riding her dad’s Gleaner combine through the dusty wheat fields. Her passion for teaching began to take root during her time at Kansas State University, as an undergraduate teaching assistant for several agronomy courses such as crop science, soil fertility, and plant and seed identification. After harvesting her agronomy degree from K-State supplemented with a minor in international agriculture, the strong Kansas wind blew Keren to the east coast to pursue a graduate degree from Virginia Tech. While there, she cultivated and diversified her teaching skills by instructing and/or assisting with World Food Crops and Agricultural Global Food Security classes. Additionally, in her Ph.D. research, she probed deeper into the growing need for sulfur fertilizers in soybean production and the potential for local U.S. edamame production. Her passion for teaching continues to blossom, as she spreads the seeds of agricultural knowledge, feeding and nurturing the budding minds of agriculturalists at Morningside!