Jon LaPorte is an Educator with Michigan State University Extension based in Cass County, Michigan. His main area of focus is in Farm Business Management, with an emphasis on farm business analysis, business transition, income tax education, and general farm business management topics such economics of technologies and return on investment. He provides leadership and programming expertise in the area of Farm Business to farmers and agribusiness across western and southwestern Michigan while also working statewide as needed. Jon also coordinates the Beginning Farmer DEMaND series that focuses on financial and business strategies.
Prior to joining MSU Extension, Jon worked for USDA as a Farm Loan Officer and later as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) at a farm retail cooperative. Jon continues to be involved in the family’s small cash crop operation where the farm raises corn and soybeans in the southwest area of Michigan.