April 3, 2001
Purdue agricultural alumnus picked
The USDA post is second to Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. Moseley will assist Veneman as an advocate for U.S. farmers and in forming agricultural policy.
Moseley served as an assistant secretary of agriculture for natural resources under former President George Bush from 1990-1992.
Purdue Dean of Agriculture Victor Lechtenberg said Moseley's wealth of knowledge and skills will be an asset to the USDA and American farmers.
"Jim brings tremendous experience both at the federal and state level to this position," Lechtenberg said. "He's well respected nationally and is a great problem-solver."
Wallace Tyner, head of Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics, said Moseley is an excellent choice for deputy secretary.
"He's rock solid," Tyner said. "Jim is well-grounded in the real farming world and bright enough to understand and evaluate complex policy alternatives. In that sense, he's the ideal person for this position."
Moseley graduated from Purdue in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in horticulture. After graduation Moseley established a thousand-acre grain and hog farm near Clarks Hill. His successful management practices earned him the Jaycees' 1982 National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
Moseley returned to Purdue in 1992 when he was named director of agricultural services and regulations. His responsibilities included representing the School of Agriculture to the Indiana General Assembly and state agricultural organizations, and administering agricultural regulations assigned to Purdue. Moseley was director until 1995.
Moseley was honored as a Purdue Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus in 1992. The distinction recognizes outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions by School of Agriculture graduates.
In 1997, Moseley took part in the eight-month National Environmental Dialogue on Pork Production. As lead negotiator for the National Pork Producers Council, Moseley worked with federal and state environmental officials to develop a set of environmental recommendations for the pork industry.
Moseley's USDA appointment continues Purdue's long tradition of service within the agriculture department. Former Purdue Dean of Agriculture Earl Butz was picked to head the USDA by President Richard Nixon in 1971. Butz served as secretary of agriculture until 1976.
Other Purdue faculty who have held high-ranking USDA posts include former Purdue Dean of Agriculture Robert Thompson and Don Paarlberg, professor emeritus in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics. Thompson and Paarlberg both served as assistant secretaries of agriculture.
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Purdue Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus James Moseley, shown here standing on his farm in Clarks Hill, Ind., was nominated to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday (4/3). The post is second to Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. Moseley is a former director of agricultural services and regulations in Purdue's School of Agriculture. (Purdue Agricultural Communication Service Photo by Tom Campbell)