Ted Ferris


Ted Ferris
1205D Anthony Hall

Phone: (517) 355-8442

Professor, Dairy

Email:  ferris@msu.edu

Web pages: Community of Science Profile

BS, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Michigan State University
PhD, Michigan State University

20% Research, 80% Extension

Extension: Extension efforts are focused on providing educational programs for producers and agribusiness professionals on dairy management; including use of herd management information, human resource management, and biosecurity. Current efforts include:Developing materials to:

  • Assist producers assess and enhance farm level biosecurity.
  • Working with Extension educators and industry to connect the public with modern food production.

Research: To provide information, tools and access to data for producers and agribusiness professionals resulting in improved management and management decision making. Current efforts include:

  • Developing a database of biosecurity practices used by progressive Michigan dairy and beef producers.
  • Determining factors that impede developmePnt of farm gate biosecurity (visitor) protocols on Michigan dairy and beef farms.
  • Assessing issues and opportunities facing Michigan’s dairy industry.
  • Evaluating the impact of “Breakfast on the Farm” events as a way to inform, education, and connect the public to food production and to better understand public impressions of dairy farms.