Mike Dicks received his undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and animal science from California Polytechnic State University. He obtained his masters working on a waste to energy project in Tunisia and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics specializing in natural resource policy and international development from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Dicks spent 3 ½ years in Kenya with the Peace Corps as a chemistry teacher. While there he received funding from Ford Foundation, CARE, and National Christian Council of Kenya to establish a rural cooperative to assist in the development and construction of water delivery and energy production technologies for rural communities. Dr. Dicks went on to work at the USDA’s Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. where he served as a policy specialist. While there he developed and implemented the first Conservation Title in a US Farm Bill and initiated USDA’s Aquaculture Industry Situation and Outlook program as well as the Industrial Crops and Products Situation and Outlook program.
Prior to joining the American Veterinary Medical Association as director of its Economics Division, Dr. Dicks was at Oklahoma State University where he was the director of the Great Plains Agricultural Policy Center and then director of the Center for International Trade and Development.Dicks publishes an article in the dvm360 magazine on a monthly basis.