Jim Mintert grew up working his family’s farmland in Mississippi and Missouri. It’s this upbringing he credits for his interest in agriculture and economics. An alumnus of Purdue and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Mintert is a household name among agricultural researchers. He explores pricing schema of meat products, the cattle feed market and the relationship between consumer perceptions and agricultural practices.
Before joining the faculty at Purdue’s College of Agriculture, Mintert spent 23 years as an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University. After coming to Purdue, Mintert directed Agriculture’s Extension Office, working closely with Indiana’s farming community. During his time with Purdue Extension, Mintert was instrumental in coordinating a response to the state’s 2012 drought, which proved the worst drought in 50 years. He now manages Purdue’s Ag Economy Barometer, a device that measures the health of the country’s agricultural economy on a monthly basis.
It is the marriage of Mintert’s scholarly research and practical experience that makes him an authority in the field of agricultural economics. Mintert speaks regularly on the impact national and global economic events have on agricultural landscapes and vice versa. Mintert has also been instrumental in forecasting profit prospects for farmers based on economic, political and climate indicators.