Dr. Joel DeRouchey was born in 1975 and grew up on a diversified purebred swine, cattle and sheep operation in Pukwana, SD. He graduated with his B.S Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 1997. He then obtained his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2001) in Swine Nutrition at Kansas State University, and was hired as the Northeast Livestock Extension Specialist for Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor with an 80% Extension and 20% Research appointment. In 2004, Joel made a transition into the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry as an Environmental Management and Livestock Nutrition Specialist with a 40% Extension, 40% Research, and 20% Teaching appointment.
A brief listing of Joel’s Extension and Research interests involve:
1) Develop and help implement on farm technologies to improve animal production and environmental quality.
2) Conducting applied swine nutrition research to increase the profitability of swine producers.
3) Provide environmental information to livestock producers for regulatory and manure management compliance.
4) Coordinate youth swine activities to increase swine industry knowledge, husbandry and awareness of careers in swine production.
Joel currently teaches ASI 320 (Spring) Principles of Feeding. In addition Dr. DeRouchey is the faculty coordinator for ASI 890 and ASI 990 Graduate Student Seminar, and is a frequent guest lecturer in ASI 535 Swine Science.
Joel and his wife Julene have three young children, James, Jenna and Jacob. They are diehard tailgaters and K-State football fans, and currently live on a small farm near St. Mary’s, KS.