Hannah Shear was born and raised in eastern Kentucky on her family’s cow/calf and burley tobacco operation, where she managed her own sheep flock. Hannah attended the University of Kentucky and earned a double Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and Agricultural Economics (2012). She continued her graduate studies at the University of Arkansas where she participated in the Atlantis program allowing her to earn a dual Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas and an International Masters in Rural Development from the European Consortium (2015). This degree program allowed Hannah to study abroad at the University of Gent and the Agricultural University of Slovakia. Her master’s thesis focused on the development and utilization of food reserves, specifically rice, to mitigate hunger in West Africa.
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University of Kentucky - Bachelors of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics 2012
University of Arkansas - Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics 2015
University of Gent, European Consortium - International Masters in Rural Development 2015