John Jones

John Jones

M.S., Iowa State University
B.S., University of Wisconsin


Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 414
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517-355-4700, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Biographical Information

John Jones began working with the Telfarm Data Center in 2013 as an Outreach Specialist.   He will assist Telfarm as a staff member answering farm management and record keeping questions. He will be especially helpful with questions relating to the PCMars farm accounting program, although the Center also expects to use his skills in other areas as needed.

John previously worked as the Telfarm Director, 1987-1997.  His earlier work centered on moving the Telfarm Data Center from 305 Computer Center to the current location at 414 Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture and supervising the moving of the data entry from on-campus keypunch to on-farm personal computers using the Telfarm for Windows accounting and payroll software.  For fifteen years after serving as the Telfarm Director, Jones owned and operated a dairy farm near Posen, Michigan.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Capture and analysis of farm management data used in the design of agricultural sector modeling. The economic intelligence produced is used by farmers, agribusinessmen and policy analysts in decision making.
  • Assisting Telfarm cooperators with on-farm issues of information system design to efficiently capture and retrieve necessary management information.
  • Work with MSU-Extension agents to enhance their programs in the areas of farm records, farm and income tax management, and economic intelligence.
  • Computer programs used while carrying out responsibilities include Telfarm for Windows Accountant, PcMars farm accounting, and FINPACK-FinAn farm business analysis software.

Recent Research and Policy Presentation Videos


Recent Research and Policy Presentations