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News and Media Relations

Ag Policy & Education

Jason Henderson

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension

Henderson is the director of Purdue's Extension Network.

Dr. Jason Henderson

As a land grant university, a central facet of Purdue University’s mission is Purdue Extension, which supports agriculture and research throughout the state as well as internationally. As senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension, Jason Henderson leads this effort. Henderson drives initiatives that connect Purdue faculty and resources with Hoosiers, which helps bolster the state economy and ensures the expertise of Purdue’s faculty has far-reaching and concrete applications.

Before coming to Purdue, Henderson served as vice president and Omaha Branch executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he became a specialist on rural, agricultural economies in the Midwest. Today, Henderson is a leading expert and is routinely interviewed by national news outlets. Henderson’s research focuses on the rebound of the rural economy after the latest recession, the role of entrepreneurs in that recovery, and, more recently, the potential of electronic commerce to transform rural agricultural and industrial communities. Henderson calls broadband the “electricity of the 21st century,” adding that without it communities will be left behind economically and technologically. Henderson has testified several times before congressional committees on issues of agriculture and technological access.

Ph.D. in agricultural economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.S. in economics, Central College, Pella, IA

Stories Featuring Jason Henderson

Red tractor in a field

The Triumph of the Family Farm

The Atlantic


Farming is changing in the midst of a renaissance that can hold lessons for America’s economic future as farming incomes boom. Read More

Jason Henderson

Lenders: There are ways to survive current challenges on the farm

Wisconsin State Farmer


An audience of 110 bankers representing 48 Wisconsin banks and some 50 other ag related folks attended the recent Wisconsin Ag Bankers Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Read More

pigs laying the the mud

How Indiana’s Fair Oaks Farms Inspires Kids To Join The Dwindling Ranks Of Farmers

Indianapolis Monthly


“If you’d have told people 20 years ago that you could make a living in the science of manure management, they would have laughed at you,” says the Fair Oaks CEO. “Today, it’s a reality.” Read More