Richard Perrin has three main areas of research: productivity within agriculture and whom it benefits; how biofuels affect agriculture, climate and the environment; and the Ogallala Aquifer’s potential to sustainably feed the burgeoning world population. In 2017, Perrin and a team of professors were granted a $5 million grant to research the psychology of water use in agriculture. Perrin is a Jim Roberts Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
F. John Hay, an extension educator in biological systems engineering, teaches both adults and youth about biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, bioenergy crops and small renewable energy systems. He is familiar with small wind turbines, solar PV and the economics of those systems. Hay also has developed curriculum for youth that uses renewable energy to teach engineerings and physics.