Farm Management Extension Specialists
Our Extension Specialists are experts in their field. Their specialty areas range from policy, agricultural business, farm management, to rural communities and development. Below is a listing of the Agricultural Economics Extension Specialists in Farm Management.
Michael offers extension education pertaining to financial management, crop budgets, leasing arrangements, custom rates, risk and uncertainty, strategic management, and transition planning. Michael also participates in a global, non-profit network of agricultural economists (agri benchmark) that provides revenue, production cost, and net return estimates for countries around the world. In addition to presenting at meetings and conducting webinars, Michael is a regular contributor to farmdoc daily (University of Illinois), the Indiana Prairie Farmer, and the web site for the Center for Commercial Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. His programs include: Financial Management series, Leasing Land series, and agri benchmark.
Maria Marshall is the Jim and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, and Director of the Purdue Institute for Family Business. Marshall has a nationally and internationally recognized integrated Extension, research, and teaching program focused on small and family business development. Her program thrust is to increase the viability and sustainability of small and family businesses as they develop and mature through their life cycles. Her research provides relevant information and publications to entrepreneurs, family business owners, and policy makers. Marshall’s scholarly leadership in small business research is sought out by policy centers and organizations nationwide.
Crop pricing, Indiana farming economy
James Mintert is a professor and extension economist in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics and serves as director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. The Center is focused on developing and delivering programs to commercial farmers via web postings, conferences, workshops and webinars. Jim is also one of the principal investigators for the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, a monthly sentiment survey of U.S farmers.
Nathan Thompson offers extension education on a broad spectrum of farm management topics, including risk management, quantitative decision making, farm finance, and commodity marketing. Nathan also leads and manages the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture Crop Basis Tool website
Farm Succession Planning
Renee Wiatt is the family business management specialist for the Purdue Institute for Family Business where she serves as editor for the PIFB quarterly newsletter. She is the co-chair for the
Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team and the Department representative for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association (PUCESA). Renee is also a member of the NC1030 Multi-State Research group that focuses on sustainable families, firms and communities in times of change. She focuses on Extension and research in farm and family businesses. Visit the PIFB website to
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Farm Business Management
Nicole Olynk Widmar offers Extension programming and outreach materials surrounding decision making in agricultural businesses, and in conjunction with her on campus teaching devoted to Farm Management and Farm Planning. Widmar, in collaboration with the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, has launched Consumer Corner, a website devoted to providing weekly outreach materials/articles devoted to interpreting and analyzing consumer behaviors to "derive insight you can take home to the farm". Widmar is active on Twitter (@ProfWidmar), and invites you to be a part of the ongoing conversation surrounding farm management with her AGEC 310 undergraduate classes by using the course hashtag #PurdueFarmMgt. Nicole is an active collaborator with colleagues in the College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine, presenting livestock market outlook annually for the Purdue Veterinary Medicing Fall Conference and providing supporting materials for livestock-oriented programming throughout the year.