Kent Shannon

DAREC Co-Director of Extension

Kent Shannon

Kent Shannon is currently Program Coordinator and Assistant Teaching Professor in the Agricultural Systems Technology degree program at University of Missouri. He grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm northeast of Macon, Missouri. Kent started his career with the University of Missouri Extension as an Agricultural Engineering Specialist in Northeast Missouri at Kirksville in 1992. He moved into the position of Extension Associate in Ag Engineering in 1998 as Associate Director of the Missouri Precision Agriculture Center. Kent has worked to educate Missouri crop producers and their advisors through on-farm research and providing training and consultation on the use of spatial data analysis software (GIS, Geographic Information System), and GPS (Global Positioning System) software and hardware. Shannon joined the Agricultural Systems Technology degree program in August of 2020 teaching courses in precision agriculture, machinery management, and pesticide application equipment. Shannon transitioned to the University of Missouri classroom from his previous role with MU Extension as a field specialist in agricultural engineering, headquartered in Boone County. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Missouri in 1991 and 1993, respectfully. Shannon builds his courses through past MU Extension experiences focusing on utilizing on-farm research with a specific interest in drone technologies for nitrogen management.


Key Words: Extension; Precision ag; UAV

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