Deputy Chief Economist, USDA - US Department of Agriculture

Dr. Warren Preston currently serves as Senior Economist for Agricultural Policy in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helping to fulfil OCE’s mission to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas. Prior to joining OCE, Dr. Preston served as Associate Deputy Administrator for the Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program (LPS) in USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). In that capacity, he was responsible for leading the policy and programs for the work carried out through seven LPS Divisions.

Dr. Preston first joined AMS in 2001 as the Livestock and Seed Program’s Chief Economist. From 1992 to 2001, he worked in the Packers and Stockyards Programs of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, initially serving as Leader of the Economics Section in the Industry Analysis Staff and later as the first Chief of the Competition Branch.

From 1986 to 1992, he held a research and teaching position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech, focusing on agricultural marketing and the interface between public policies and food system performance.

Dr. Preston earned his bachelor’s degree in dairy science from The Ohio State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.