Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member Doug Dickson

Doug Dickson


Harris Feeding Company and Pacific Ethanol

Responsible for grain procurement under an exclusive agency agreement with Harris Feeding Co. and Pacific Ethanol.
Director of Commodities for Harris Feeding Co. Coalinga CA
VP Ag. Products for Pacific Ethanol Inc., Sacramento CA 2005-2009

Doug Dickson has been in the in the Grain and Commodity business for over 35 years, beginning as a grain merchant with Cargill in 1977 at the Port of West Sacramento. He has been responsible for grain procurement for Foster Farms, and he has held Sr. Management positions with Zacky Farms, J.D. Heiskell and President of Westside Milling before joining the original development team for Pacific Ethanol at its founding and public offering in 2005. Doug was responsible for the development of the grain procurement, risk management and distillers grain sales for Pacific Ethanol and introduced the feeding of wet distillers grain to the California Dairy Industry with the opening of Pacific Ethanol’s plant at Madera, California.

Doug joined Harris Feeding Co., the largest cattle feeder west of Colorado and combined the grain procurement needs of Pacific Ethanol with that of Harris to take advantage of the economies of scale. Harris Feeding Co. now supplies the grain for the Ethanol Business in a partnership on both the grain and co-products. With the cattle feeding and ethanol business closely aligned, synergies have been identified for the benefit of both industries. Doug is a graduate of the College of Agriculture at the University of California at Davis (1975) and a Graduate Fellow of Class XXIV of the California Agricultural Leadership Program in 1995.

Doug is also managing partner of Watermark Farms, LLC a diversified farming company farming 420 acres in Yolo County and Owner with his wife Jane of River-Pear Orchards, which operates a Bartlett and Bosc orchard in the River Delta region of Sacramento County.


Doug joined the Board of Directors at Center for Land-Based Learning in 2015.