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Dr. Klinefelter is a Professor and Extension Economist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1979, where he was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow.
He is director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP), co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business Program and he serves as executive secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX). He is also a member of the board of AgTexas Farm Credit Services and president of his family’s Illinois farm corporation. In addition, he serves as the chairman of the Advisory Board for Farm Journal's Top Producer Executive NetworkTM.
In addition to his academic career, he spent 10 years in commercial banking and the Farm Credit System. He is author or co-author of 8 books and over 400 articles on management and finance. He has received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for both Extension and Teaching, and was named Honor Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2006. He has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Quality of Published Communication Award in 1987 and 2013 and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In 2009, the 25th anniversary issue of Top Producer magazine listed him as one of the 25 people in the world who will have the greatest influence on the future of American agriculture. He received the American Agricultural Editors Association’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in 2010. The DSA has been awarded annually since 1947. Dr. Klinefelter is the third Texas A&M faculty member to receive the award, the two previous winners being former Chancellor Dr. Perry Adkisson and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug. In 2011, he was named a Regents’ Fellow by the Texas A&M Board of Regents. In 2013, Top Producer magazine named him one of 30 innovators who have had the biggest impact on agriculture during the past three decades.