Dr. Michael Dicks

Dr. Mike Dicks was raised in rural Orange County, California. He holds a PhD and MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University. Mike began his agricultural career working in the vegetable fields and the ranches of the Irvine Company. He showed many champion sheep and cattle at county and regional fairs while active with the FFA and Ag Explorers.

Before joining AVMA as the Director of Veterinary Economics and staff consultant to the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee, Dr. Dicks owned and operated Cimarron Dunes, a 100-head capacity Angus cow-calf operation, and retired in 2012 from OSU as the Wes and Lou Watkins Chair for International Trade and Development. Before that Mike worked for USDA's Economic Research Service and held positions at the Oklahoma State University as the director of the Great Plains Agricultural Policy Center and the director of the Center for International Trade and Development.

Over the last 3 decades, Dr. Dicks has assisted farm and commodity groups, environmental groups, USDA, and Congress in developing food and farm policy. He has assisted numerous foreign governments, U.S. government agencies and nongovernment organizations in international agricultural and community development activities. He has worked in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. In Kenya he visited local farms and developed technologies to provide water and energy to rural communities and served with the U.S. Peace Corps as a chemistry teacher. In Tunisia he worked on a waste-to-energy project. He currently has the largest pineapple farm in Sierra Leone. Mike likes to visit Africa on an annual basis and is always willing to take people along!!

Mike has over 400 written documents including journal articles, Congressional Testimonies, books/book chapters, research reports, and other publications (extension newsletters, project reports, professional papers, and articles in periodicals), supported by 20 Grants and contracts for $2,266,710. Mike continues to be a prolific writer—every 2-3 weeks he publishes online at Exploring Veterinary Economics to provide economics expertise to the veterinary profession.

When Mike is not working (something he absolutely loves to do) he likes to climb mountains, swim oceans, race motorcycles across the country, and spend time with his family. He has a wife (Ellen), two sons (Shane and Evan), a daughter (Kristina), and two best friends (Aussies—Jake and Maggie).