Throughout his career, Jim Moseley has played a key role in developing public policy regarding agriculture, the environment, and natural resources conservation at the state and national levels. He served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2001 to 2005, a Senate-confirmed position. In this capacity, Moseley oversaw the day-to-day activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of the largest and most diverse departments in the federal government. He was also the primary lead on the post 9/11 security needs of the food and agricultural system in the U.S. While at the USDA he also worked on international development issues, with a focus on agriculture in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and Asia.
In 1997, Moseley served as Chairman and lead negotiator of the industry negotiating team for the National Pork Producers Council’s National Pork Dialogue. The dialogue was a nationwide effort to improve the environmental performance of pork operations across the country. Following the 1995 Farm Bill, Moseley served as a consultant to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NRCS), where he worked with producers and the NRCS to develop model resource management plans. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the Director of Agricultural Services and Regulations for the state of Indiana at Purdue University. He also served as a political analyst and a member of the editorial board of Farm Journal Publications. From 1990 to 1992 Moseley served at the USDA as the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. And from 1989 to 1990 he was Agriculture Advisor to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this capacity, he provided leadership to the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a variety of issues including endangered species, old growth forests, livestock grazing on public lands, wetlands, and policy issues related to the conservation title of the 1990 Farm Bill.
Moseley has held membership in numerous professional and academic organizations and has received many awards and honors for his efforts in service to public organizations. His most recent activities include Chairman of the Farm, Ranch and Rural Advisory committee for USEPA, Steering committee member of 25x’25, Board member Farm Safety 4 Kids and member of the board of the Lafayette Community Foundation.
An Indiana native, Moseley holds a B.S. in horticulture from Purdue University. He has more than 40 years’ experience as a farmer. He currently owns a farm focused on grain and vegetable production. For many years he owned and operated Ag Ridge Farms, which specialized in grains, and Infinity Pork, LLC, which raised hogs. Both were located in Clarks Hill, Indiana.