James Barnes

James Barnes

Associate Extension Professor

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  • Phone: (662) 325-1796
  • Fax: (662) 325-8777
  • Office: 369 Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Bldg.
  • Address: Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Vitae: Link

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2004
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1996
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University

Extension Interests
  • Agricultural cluster analysis
  • Broadband Internet education
  • Rural health care economics
  • Online business model analysis
  • Board Governance and Management
  • Social media and websites

James Barnes joined the department after serving for seven years as an Extension Specialist with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Since joining the faculty at MSU, Barnes has become part of the broadband initiative e-BEAT, serves on the rural job clusters project with multiple MSU departments and teaches Introduction to Regional Economics. His research examines agribusiness management and supply chain contracting, rural health care systems, and economics of broadband adoption and diffusion.

Recent Publications

  • Henderson, J.E., J.N. Barnes, L.L. Falconer, B. Williams, D. Sites. 2016. The economic contribution of agriculture and forestry production and processing in Mississippi: An input-output analysis. Mississippi State University Extension Service, Publication 2962, Mississippi State University. 8 pp. Download

  • Barnes, J.N., K.T. Coatney. 2015. Progress on broadband adoption in rural America. Choices 30(1)(2015). Download