John E. Ikerd

John E. Ikerd curriculum vita



John E. Ikerd

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Agricultural Economics

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Academic Rank:

Emeritus Professor

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Program Area: Sustainable Agriculture


Program Narrative Statement

As state co-coordinator of extension programs in sustainable agriculture, Ikerd was responsible for implementing a national professional development program for extension workers and others who provided Missouri with information related to sustainable agriculture.   Other major research and educational programs included participatory on-farm research and demonstration programs and evaluation of impacts of sustainable agriculture on quality of life of farm families and others in rural communities.   Dr. Ikerd was project leader for a three-state, five-year program, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which linked sustainable agriculture and sustainable community development.


Ph.D.  (University of Missouri) (1970) (Agricultural Economics)
M.S.   (University of Missouri)  (1967) (Agricultural Economics)
B.S.    (University of Missouri)  (1961) (Agricultural Economics)

Professional Service and Activities:

Co-coordinator of Sustainable Agriculture Extension Programs, University of Missouri--1995 to 2000.

Liaison to States, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program--1993-1995.

Professor and Head, Department of Extension Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia, 1984-1988.

Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, 1976-1984.

Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Economics, North Carolina State University, 1970-76.

President, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 1986 (Also served as first and second vice president, president elect, and past president, SAEA 1983-87).

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Last 7 years


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Key Publications, 1991-1998:

Ikerd, John E. "Applying LISA Concepts on Southern Farms," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 23, Number 1, 1991. (pp. 43-52).

John E. Ikerd, "The Question of Good Science," American Journal of Alternative Agriculture, Henry Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, Greenbelt, MD. Vol. 8, No.2, 1993.

George Bird and John Ikerd, "Sustainable Agriculture: A Twenty-First Century System," THE ANNALS, The American Academy of Political and Social Science, Philadelphia, PA.

Ikerd, John, Gary Devino and Suthijit Traiyongwanich. 1996. Evaluating the Sustainability of Alternative Farming Systems: A Case Study, American Journal of Alternative Agriculture, Volume 11, Number 1. (pp 25-29).

Ikerd, John E. 1996. Sustaining the Profitability of Agriculture , @ Proceedings, American Agricultural Economics Association Pre-conference, The Economists Role in the Agricultural Sustainability Paradigm, San Antonio, TX, July 27.

Botha, Nells and John Ikerd. "What is sustainable agriculture?" Farmers Weekly, Effective Farming Publications, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, March 24, 1995, (pp. 17-18).

Ikerd, John E. "Assessing Health of Agroecosystems from a Socioeconomic Perspective," 1st International Symposium on Ecosystem Health and Medicine, International Society of Ecosystem Health and Medicine, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CAN, June 19-23, 1994. (pp.48-49).

Ikerd, J.E. Socioeconomic Considerations in Developing Sustainable Farming Systems, Agronomy Abstracts, American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI, 1994. (p. 542).

Ikerd, J.E. Government Policy Options and Implications for Weed Management Alternatives, Agronomy Abstracts, American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI, 1994. (p.79).

Ikerd, John E. "Systems Research in Sustainable Agriculture: Economics, Ecology, and Quality of Life," Selected Paper, American Agricultural Economics Association, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol 76, No. 5, December, 1994.(p.1271).

Ikerd, John.  "Understanding and Managing the Multi-Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture," Southern Regional Sustainable Agriculture Professional Development Program, SARE Regional Training Consortium, Gainesville, FL, January 1997.

Ikerd, John. "Returning the Sacred to Food and Farming," 12th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, North Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Flat Rock, NC, November 1997.

Ikerd, John E.  "Sustainable Agriculture, Community Development, and Large-Scale Swine Production." in Pigs, Profits, and Rural Communities , edited by Kendall M. Thu and E. Paul Durrenberger, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY. (pp157-169).

Ikerd John E. "Social, Economic, and Cultural Impacts of Large-scale Confinement Animal Feeding Operations," Paper presented at "Who Owns America? II Conference," Land Tenure Center, Madison, WI, June 3-6, 1998.

Grants, 1991-1996:

Extension Service- USDA

Cooperative State Research Service -USDA

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Department of Agriculture

W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Collaborators: MU & National/International

·         John Allen, University of Nebraska, Kellogg Sustainable Communities Grant

·         Laura DeLind, Michigan State University, Kellogg Sustainable Communities Grant

·         Dyremple Marsh, Lincoln University, Sustainable Agriculture Extension Grants

Current Activities:   Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on issues related to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the economics of sustainability.

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