Bio: David Smilnak is a current Ph.D. Candidate with the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education where his research focuses on systemic inequities in agricultural technology development. Using critical systems theory and theories of political economy, David aims to explore how historical and contemporary influences impact current agricultural technology research. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, David held positions at conservation districts in Ohio and Colorado working on USDA programs including Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In addition to working directly with farmers, David also provided educational programs for rural communities in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In his free time, David enjoys visiting State and National Parks, and playing disc golf.  

Areas of Emphasis: Appropriate agricultural technology, Critical Systems Theory, Adult Education, & Water & Soil Science

Ph.D. Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education, Virginia Tech
M.S. Agricultural Extension and Education, North Carolina State University
B.S. Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University