247 Weber Hall
Manhattan KS 66506
Jessie was raised on a registered Angus ranch in Northeastern Nevada. Growing up in a rural part of the country, Jessie was highly active in 4-H and FFA and held several offices at the local, county, and state level for both organizations. Her major focus was her beef and sheep projects, but she also participated in livestock judging and public speaking. Jessie graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business in 2009. She decided to extend her education and received her M.S. (2011; Meat Science) and PhD (2015; Animal Science) from Texas Tech University. In her time at Texas Tech, Jessie discovered a passion for International research, and began to focus her efforts towards food security research in Latin America. Jessie joined the College of Ag Feed and Future Innovation Lab in 2015 and moved to the Department of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University in 2019.
Jessie’s graduate training is in food microbiology and food safety. As a graduate student her research focused on applied meat safety—including pre- and post-harvest interventions, pathogen monitoring and control, and pathogen baseline research—and food security. She has been involved in food security research in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia. Jessie’s research at KSU focuses on investigating and improving food safety systems in low- and middle-income countries and creating capacity building and training programs. This research aims to provide scientific resources and data to improve the safety of food produced in various production systems, support the production and consumption of nutritious food, to increase involvement and empowerment of women in agricultural production and processing, to prevent food loss and waste due to unsafe food.
Jessie is a country girl at heart and enjoys spending time on her family’s ranch as much as possible. She maintains her own small herd of registered Angus mother cows there as well. She also enjoys traveling both international and domestic, cooking, and spending time with her adorable dogs, Gus and Newt.