USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has named Craig Morris as the new deputy administrator of its Livestock and Seed Program.

Morris has spent his entire professional career as part of the meat and poultry industry, reports Most recently, he served as the deputy administrator of AMS's poultry programs. He also was associate deputy administrator for the agency's services involving the chicken, turkey, egg and rabbit industries, as well as holding a variety of positions with the AMS Livestock and Seed Program.

Headquartered in Washington, the AMS Livestock and Seed Program has offices throughout the United States. Its primary function involves meat grading and certification; a livestock, meat and grain market news service; voluntary user-fee, audit-based programs that are available to agricultural products and services providers; and seed regulatory and testing activities. The division also purchases meat and fish for federal feeding programs; oversees research and promotion programs; and develops standards and purchase specifications for livestock and meat products.
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