James H. Hilker

James H. Hilker

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Professor Emeritus
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
B.S., University of Massachusetts

Dr. James Hilker was appointed in the tenure system at MSU.  He joined the Department in 1982 and retired in 2020. Professor and Extension Marketing Economist, Hilker taugh marketing concepts to students and farmers for over 30 years.  He has also wrote the Outlook Article in the Michigan Farm News for over 20 years.  Professor Hilker’s name is well known in Michigan and other Mid-Western states. 

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Using pricing alternatives as risk management tools
  • Educational programs in marketing
  • Probability price forecasts
  • Farm level pricing and sales management
  • Coordination in the beef industry
  • Food industry pricing and sales management
  • Price outlook

Teaching Experience

  • ABM 130: Farm Management I (2007-present/Fall)
  • ABM 225: Commodity Marketing 1 (1983-present/Fall)
  • ABM 425: Commodity Marketing II (2000-present/Fall)
  • ABM 435: Financial Management in the Agri‐Food System (Help with projects)