John  Ikerd

John Ikerd

Climate Action Workshop

Author and professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, John Ikerd will participate in the Climate Action Workshop of Summit Session 4 on November 6, at 10:45am central time.

John Ikerd’s Biography

John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri.

He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture.

He is the author of six books that are available through via In 2014, Ikerd was commission by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to write the regional report, “Family Farms of North America,” in recognition for the International Year of the Family Farming.

He currently resides with his wife, Ellen, in Fairfield, IA.

More complete background information and a wide selection of writings are available at or