MN Soybean Welcomes New Research Director

Kee brings rich research, extension background

David Kee is a self-proclaim agriculture junkie. Just ask him.

“I’m an Ag Nerd, so delving into the unknown, regardless of the depth of topic gets my juices going,” said the new Research Director for Minnesota Soybean.

The southern-raised Kee has an extensive background in agriculture, most heavily on the research and extension side.

“I like people and asking questions, so I chose a career helping one by doing the other.

Kee was raised on an eastern Texas cow/calf farm and worked his way through college by cowboying, picking peas and working on an oil field. Kee graduated with his Ph.D., from Auburn University in Crop Management and his Master of Science in Soil Science from Texas A&M University. 

While working to complete his masters, he was a Research Fellow at Texas A&M University. After completing his masters, Kee was a full-time research associate and part-time student while completing his doctorate at Auburn University. He has also been an Extension Agronomist in Northeast Texas for Texas A&M, Industrial Agronomist for El Dorado Chemical, Ad Interim Assistant Professor at TAMU-Commerce and Research Scientist at McNeese State University.

“I have an interest and experience in a wide area of agriculture,” Kee said. “I believe this breadth allows me to communicate to a wide audience. It also helps me not overlook those interesting developments that happen when research meets reality.”

Before coming to Minnesota Soybean, Kee was Director of Research at the Southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Co-op. He said he is eager to start his career working for the soybean farmers of Minnesota.

“I am happy and excited to be here,” Kee said. “I really look forward to asking questions, getting answers and helping find options for our farmers to pursue. I believe if I can deliver options for the grower, they will determine the best answer for their operations.”

In his spare time, when he can find some, Kee likes to hunt, fish, hike, walk with his beagle, Buddy, and spend time with his wife, Rose.

Even though most of his family is down south, Kee enjoys the qualities of Minnesota.

“My wife and I are both exploring the wonders of Minnesota, enjoying the changes in the season and meeting new people,” he said.