Dee Singh-Knights is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University. For the last 10 years, she has specialized in the areas of agribusiness economics and management with the goal of contributing to the development of sustainable agricultural production systems through research, teaching and extension education.
While Dee’s research and teaching interests are broad (agribusiness economics and management, risk management and business planning, local foods initiatives, and holistic planning for small farms), she believes that agritourism represent an enormous opportunity to increase access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm operations serving local and expanded markets.
Dee has worked extensively with partners in WV over the last five years to start the WV Agritourism Initiative, a business planning and risk management program for individuals wanting to add an agritourism operation to their existing farms. Dee’s aim is to help operators seamlessly integrate agritourism into their farming operations and manage the resultant business risks, in order to harness the viable opportunities presented by both the agriculture and tourism industries while minimizing negative impacts on the farm.
Dee holds both a Masters and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. She continues to work with colleagues in the Northeast and across the Caribbean on a variety of sustainable agriculture projects, aimed at demonstrating to producers and students how production, marketing and management decisions are tied to financial outcomes for agribusinesses.