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Dr. James Barnes joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University on August 1, 2012 after serving seven years as an Extension Economist with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Since joining the faculty at MSU, Dr. Barnes has launched such new Extension programs as: (1) Mississippi Bricks to Clicks; (2) Foundations of Facebook Economics; (3) Foundations of Economic Development; and (4) Economic Impact Analysis. His research examines agribusiness management and contracting, the economics and management of social media, and rural health care economics. Dr. Barnes also teaches, An Introduction to Regional Economics.