Janet Ayres is professor emerita from Purdue University. She spent her career as a rural development specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics working with Extension educators across the state. She developed programs for rural communities to build their leadership capacity, create strategic direction, and manage conflict. She worked in over 200 communities in Indiana, but her programs were used throughout the U.S and she traveled extensively. Janet also developed leadership programs in rural Russia and Poland.
In the 1990's, Janet worked with Marsh Davis from Historic Landmarks to develop the Barn Again! in Indiana Program. Workshops for barn enthusiasts were held across the state.
Janet and her husband, Dr. Lynn Corson, live on an 1830 farm outside of Delphi in Carroll County. They have restored the 1850 Italianate farmhouse, summer kitchen, log smoke house, and two barns (one a 1910 bank barn, the other an 1850 English barn). The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.