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entrepreneur , lecturer , publisher , author

Merrill James Oster, American entrepreneur, publisher, author, lecturer. Named Outstanding Young Iowa State University Alumnus, 1975, Iowa Entrepreneur of Year Inc. Magazine, 1989, Cedar Falls Personality of Year, 1991; recipient Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative award, 1992.


Oster, Merrill James was born on May 30, 1940 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States. Son of Harland James and Pearl Rosetta (Smith) Oster.


Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1961;Master of Science, University of Wisconsin, 1962.


Assistant radio-television farm director Station WKOW, Madison, Wisconsin, 1961-1962. Assistant editor Crops and Soils magazine, 1962, Ford Farming and Ford Almanac magazines, 1964-1967. Editor Top Farmer Intelligence, Woodstock, Illinois, 1967-1969.

President Communication Consultant, Cedar Falls, since 1969, Oster Farms and Pork Pro, Inc., Cedar Falls, since 1971. Founder, president Professional Farmers of America, Inc., since 1973. Public Futures Magazine, Inc., since 1975.

President Hometowner, Inc., 1976-1984, Cedar Terrace Developers, Inc., 1977-1991. Greenhill Estates, Inc., since 1991. President Oster Communications, Inc., since 1981, Greenhill Estates, Inc., since 1991.

Chairman Future Source Inc., Lombard, Illinois, since 1981. Board directors Danish Mutual Insurance Company, Western Home Inc. Instructor University Wisconsin Graduate School Banking, 1976-1982, Land Buying Strategies Seminar, 1977-1986.

Member National Year of the Bible Committee, 1983.


Member Young President's Organization, 1983-1990, chairman Iowa chapter, 1989. Member American Association Agricultural Editors, National Association Agricultural Marketers Association, Magazine Publications Association, Chief Executives Organization World President Organization, Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce (director 1975-1976, vice president 1989, president 1990-1991), Athletic Congress of the United States, Beaver Hills Country Club, Alpha Zeta, Sigma Delta Chi.


Married Carol Jane Dempster, June 1, 1962. Children: David, Leah Jane.

Harland James Oster

Pearl Rosetta (Smith) Oster

Carol Jane Dempster

David Oster

Leah Jane Oster