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DAA: James R. Moseley

James R. Moseley

, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1992

Mr. Moseley has a distinguished record of service to Agriculture. Most recently he served as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture. In this capacity, Mr. Moseley was responsible for directing the policies and supervising the activities and programs of the U.S. Forest Service and the Soil Conservation Service. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Purdue, Mr. Moseley established a thousand-acre grain and hog farming enterprise near Clarks Hill, Indiana. His farming operation is a model of how, through good management, an individual can start small and build a successful, large-scale farm business. He has been recognized as one of Indiana’s outstanding young farmers and was the recipient of the Jaycees “National Outstanding Young Farmer Award” in 1982. He has sponsored an active intern program at his farming operation, and many Purdue students have gained firsthand experience through his summer internships. Mr. Moseley has also been a frequent guest lecturer for agricultural courses and events at Purdue. He is a former member of the Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council. Before appointment as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Moseley served as Agricultural Advisor to William Reilly, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, he advised the administrator on environmental issues that directly affected the agricultural industry. He has also served with several public policy groups that deal with agriculture and rural development at the local, state, and national levels, including the Board of Directors of the Farm Foundation. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition.