Iurii Mykhailov

Iurii was born in Kyiv, Ukraine on December 2, 1954.

In 1972, he graduated from the Republican Physics & Mathematics High School. In 1978, Iurii received a Masters of Science in Industrial Heat Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine.

Iurii served as a lieutenant in the Soviet Army from 1978 to 1980. Upon leaving the army, he worked as a junior researcher at the National Technical University of Ukraine from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1995, Iurii was the head of the computer department that specialized in the maintenance and overhaul of the sugar mills.

He then worked as an ag journalist and analyst in the Ukrainian Agribusiness magazine "Propozitsiva" (The Options) from 1995 until his retirement in 2015.

From 1996 to 1997, he received special training under the USDA, receiving a certificate as an ag markets analyst.

Iurii has been married for 44 years to his wife Liuidmyla, who has a Masters Degree in mathematics. Married for 44 years. The couple has a daughter, Olena Staveley-O'Carroll, who received a full scholarship to Lakeland University (WI), where obtained BA degrees in mathematics, chemistry, and economics. She later received her PhD in economics from Georgetown University. She is currently the Associate Professor of Economics at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Iurri and his wife have two grandchildren.