Amanda Gumbert serves as an Extension Water Quality Specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment. Amanda collaborates with university personnel and federal/state/local agency partners to deliver water quality information and technical assistance to Kentuckians through the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A major program focus is the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act and implementation of agricultural conservation practices, with linkages to the Mississippi River basin. Her work also extends to streamside buffer zones in urban and rural areas, where she engages with watershed organizations to promote the installation and management of riparian areas. In addition to her Extension appointment Amanda teaches an introductory course on issues in agriculture, food systems, and the environment. She holds BS and MS degrees in Plant and Soil Science and a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Kentucky. Amanda attributes her passion for agriculture and natural resources to growing up on a farm in rural Kentucky, which she now owns and manages with her husband and young son.