Kerry Clark

Portrait of Kerry Clark


Assistant Research Professor

Division of Applied Social Sciences


CAFNR International Programs

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

My primary research project in Missouri is a mult-state collaboration in cover crop breeding and seed supply development. I also lead the Mechanization Division for the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab and work to increase locals manufacturing of agricultural machinery. The CAFNR International Programs office works to increase global citizenship of the MU community.

Kerry Clark was a soybean breeder from 1993-2012 and continues to work on the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab, which is trying to improve soybean yields and production across sub-Saharan Africa. She runs a mechanization development and fabrication training team that includes three equipment designers from Ghana. This team has trained over 200 manufacturers in 12 African countries and has helped build service provision businesses so that small-holder farmers can have access to modern farming methods. Clark is also part of a multi-state collaboration working to improve available cover crop varieties for U.S. farmers. She teaches soil pedology, genesis, and morphology classes and coaches the MU Collegiate Soil Judging team. Clark assumed directorship of CAFNR International Programs (CIP) in 2019 and works with a small staff to administer USDA capacity building programs in food safety, animal health, and plant health in Africa. The CIP staff administer the international agricultural internship program for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and bring many visiting Fellows to MU via the USDA Borlaug, Cochran, and Scientific Exchange Fellows programs.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., Soil Science, University of Missouri, 2016

Courses taught

  • Soil Morphology
  • Soil Genesis
  • Pedology