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Betty S Jones-Bliss

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Director/Center for Ag Busines
765.494.4328
Krannert Room 789

Betty Jones is associate director for the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. She received her B.S. degree in the area of consumer affairs at Purdue University. Betty’s primary responsibilities include new business development, managing client relationships, and design of professional development programs for agribusiness managers. She works closely with company management teams and Center faculty to create and implement professional development programs tailored to meet client needs. Betty manages the Center’s daily operations and staff; and the yearly management and projection of work load for the professional staff team. She monitors gross revenue of almost $2 million per year and develops fiscal projections.

As the Center develops educational programs for emerging markets, Betty has had the opportunity to interview and visit with Hungarian agribusinesses, former state farms, and cooperatives, as well as a variety of plant breeding and seed companies in Poland. She was a part of a two-week U.S. assessment team that visited and interviewed the Chinese seed industry’s leading managers.

Betty has worked closely with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) for ten years. She serves on the Management Skills Committee as an ad hoc member. The strong relationship between ASTA and Purdue has resulted in a very successful and ongoing ASTA Management Academy; numerous international projects and a new initiative that will focus on discussion based forums for seed industry managers. Betty has also worked in partnership with ASTA, Iowa State University, and USDA on a seed industry development project in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

She was a member of the two-year Indiana Agricultural Leadership program. Betty is involved with CMED (Conference on Management and Executive Development Programs) – a national organization dedicated to innovative and successful executive education. Betty’s four-year appointment to the CMED Advisory Board provides the Center with an even more effective conduit to the best practices in professional development from across US business schools.

Betty enjoys music, reading, gardening, and dancing, and she is a volunteer at the Women in Crisis Shelter and the Lafayette Food Pantry.