James Mintert is a professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and serves as director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. Jim joined Purdue’s faculty in 2009 and served as the assistant director of Extension for agriculture and natural resources before taking on his director responsibilities at the Center.
Prior to his time at Purdue, Jim was a professor, livestock marketing economist, and Extension state leader in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University for 23 years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.
Jim acquired his interest in agriculture while working on his family's farm in the Mississippi and Missouri river bottoms, just north of St. Louis, Missouri. Over the course of his career, Dr. Mintert has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Extension Program Awards from both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Western Agricultural Economics Association, in addition to the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Premier Forecaster Award for his livestock production and price forecasts. Jim is also the author of more than 200 publications focusing on the economics of the livestock industry.