Randy Cantrell, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Professor | Development Specialist | Rural Futures Institute, Nebraska Extension

University of Nebraska



Dr. Cantrell joined the University of Nebraska in 1995 following a 17-year career with Cooperative Extension at the University of Minnesota in various outreach and administrative roles. Randy is a rare resource as one of the few, if not only, rural sociologists in NE. When small towns and their stakeholders need demographic statistics, he digs into the rural poll data and other sources to deliver customized information.



  • Community Sociology
  • Survey Research
  • Secondary Data Sources and Reporting



  • USDA New Resident Research
  • USDA New Resident Research and Extension
  • USDA Local Food


  • Community Development Society: Friend of Community Development
  • NACDEP Excellence in Teamwork Award