Klinefelter named one of agriculture’s most influential thinkers by Top Producer magazine

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Danny Klinefelter, 979-845-7171, danklinefelter@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Danny Klinefelter, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, was recently named to two distinguished groups of influential agricultural leaders by Top Producer magazine editors.

Klinefelter, also a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, was part of Top Producer’s “Brave Thinkers: 30 Leaders Who Made a Difference” and its “7 Economists, Bankers Who Challenged the Status Quo.”

“The 30 brave thinkers we have chosen have all left big footprints on production agriculture,” according to the editors. “As a group, they represent the diversity of U.S. agriculture and hail from companies, universities and the world of politics.”

Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

The magazine said that during Klinefelter’s  tenure at Texas A&M, “he has advised thousands of producers nationwide about the best farm management practices. An agricultural economist by trade, he has become a popular speaker.

“While these are notable accomplishments, Klinefelter is best known for the creation of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers. More than 1,700 producers have completed the two-week program, representing 8 percent of the U.S. farm production. The program is unique in that it is not commodity focused; it focuses entirely on the business of farming.”

The magazine noted the program’s instructors are “the best nationwide, some agriculture, some strictly business.”

Klinefelter is also an advocate of peer advisory groups, where groups of eight to 10 producers, often from different regions, gather to work on problem-solving and explore opportunities, the editors noted.

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