* Purdue Agriculture

April 8, 2009

Mintert named assistant director of Purdue Extension Service

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - James R. Mintert, Extension state leader and livestock marketing economist at Kansas State University, has been named assistant director of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Mintert succeeds Thomas Jordan, who has returned to his prior assignment as Extension weeds specialist.

"Jim Mintert is a highly successful Extension livestock marketing economist at Kansas State University with programs known nationwide," said Chuck Hibberd, Purdue Extension director and associate dean of agriculture. "This experience, combined with Jim's tremendous leadership skills will help us continue to position our agriculture and natural resources Extension programs to effectively serve the critical, emerging needs of our clientele."

As assistant director, Mintert will lead Purdue Extension's agricultural and natural resources programming. Purdue Extension provides educational programs and production and marketing information for crop and livestock producers in Indiana's 92 counties.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Purdue Extension team," Mintert said. "Providing unbiased research-based information to the Indiana and U.S. agricultural sectors has always been a key component of Purdue's land-grant mission, and the need for science-based information in agriculture and natural resources is stronger than ever."

Mintert worked on his family's farm in West Alton, Mo., and later managed grain and livestock farms in Indiana and Illinois. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics at Purdue in 1978 and 1982, respectively. He received a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 1986.

Mintert joined the faculty of Kansas State's Department of Agricultural Economics in 1986, where he specialized in livestock marketing. In 2004 he was named Kansas State's Extension state leader for agricultural economics.

During his nearly 23-year Kansas State career, Mintert taught courses on commodities futures markets, commodity risk management and farm marketing; authored, co-authored or contributed to hundreds of published works in refereed journals, professional publications, Extension publications, Extension fact sheets and newsletters; served on numerous agricultural committees and boards; and appeared each week on Kansas State's radio show "Agriculture Today."

Mintert has received numerous agricultural teaching and Extension honors, including Outstanding Extension Program awards from the Western, Southern and American Agricultural Economics Associations (AAEA), and several Premier Forecasting Awards from the AAEA.

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Writer: Steve Leer, (765) 494-8415,

Source: Chuck Hibberd, (765) 494-8489,

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