Dr. Warren Preston serves as Associate Deputy Administrator and Chief Economist for the Livestock and Seed Program in the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Concurrently, he has also served as Chief of the Livestock and Grain Market News Branch. In these roles, he serves as the Agency’s expert on the economic matters relating to the livestock, meat, fish, grain, and seed industries and advises senior management on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting these industries. He is responsible for overseeing the Program’s production of commodity market information for livestock, meats, and grain, with over 1,000 unique daily, weekly, and monthly reports disseminated to users worldwide. Throughout his career at USDA, Warren has been recognized with numerous certificates of merit and Agency awards for his contributions supporting the mission and goals of his Agency.
Warren joined the Agricultural Marketing Service in November 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 a newly established 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.
Although he is a native of California, at a young age he moved with his family and spent most of his youth in the town of Canfield, Ohio. Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in dairy science from The Ohio State University. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University, where he met his dear departed wife, Eliana. He has coached his son’s youth soccer and baseball teams, is a high school drama booster, and is active in the fight against breast cancer. Warren and his son reside in Alexandria, Virginia.