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Harold Love’s began his career as an assistant county agent in Mercer County working with 4-H and horticulture programs and culminated it as an extension professor specializing in agribusiness marketing and management.

Along the way, he did consultancy work in the United States, Indonesia, India, Thailand, China and Honduras and with many state, national and international agencies and organizations. He also taught vocational agriculture to veterans, was a visiting professor in Brazil and worked with UK/USAID Western Universities agricultural education project for Indonesia for four years.

Much of Love’s work centered on conducting comprehensive management audits that provided in-depth education and advice to help agribusiness managers increase efficiency and profitability. His work in this area led first to improving management techniques in the state and region. In the 1970s, Love was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop the materials for these audits on a national scale.

His efforts in this arena were widespread and long lasting. Management education and training programs in many parts of the United States still employ the techniques, approaches and materials from Love’s work.

Additionally, he was a mentor to many in the agricultural economics field with many educators going on to having illustrious careers. Many of the programs developed by these experts were rooted in the knowledge gained through their association with Love.

Love, of Lexington, received his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and master’s degree in 1962 from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and his doctorate degree from the University of Missouri. He has authored more than 65 research and extension publications, 70 papers and numerous other documents. He was a member and officer of the UK Federal Credit Union board and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors during his career.