MSU Extension gains ag marketing specialist

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> STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi livestock producers have a new resource for research-based information to help them manage their businesses.
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> Josh Maples has joined the faculty of the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics as an assistant professor with Extension responsibilities in livestock marketing and agribusiness. Maples, a native of Alabama, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from MSU and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
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> Through his involvement on his family’s farm, Maples said he developed a love for the agricultural industry at a young age. He pursued an interest in agricultural economics because he wanted to help solve problems producers face.
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> “I learned the business aspect of livestock production on our registered Angus operation,” Maples said. “After growing up seeing the importance of minimizing your costs and being efficient, it’s just a natural fit that I enter this field.”
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> Maples will serve as the Extension livestock marketing analyst and help producers understand markets and finances.
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> “Equally important is the applied research: If a producer is struggling with a problem, I plan to turn that into a project to find a possible solution. I will also start teaching an undergraduate commodity marketing class in the fall,” he said.
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> Maples said he gained valuable expertise that can benefit Mississippi livestock producers through his association with Oklahoma State advisors, including well-known livestock economist Derrell Peel.
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> “My goal is to become recognizable across the state, so producers know I’m an available resource to assist them in whatever way I can,” Maples said.
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> Maples can be reached at 662-325-1774 or josh.maples@msstate.edu.
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