USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Bruce Knight announced the appointment of new administrators for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration and the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Heading up GIPSA will be Terry Van Doren, who joined USDA in 2005 to work on research, education and economic policy issues. He then became a senior advisor to the USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs. Van Doren took a one-year leave of absence from USDA in 2007 to work for U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the development of the 2008 Farm Bill.

GIPSA facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds and related agricultural products.

Van Doren replaces former GIPSA Administrator James Link, who has been moved to oversee USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Link had served as GIPSA Administrator since October 2005.

In his new AMS position, Link will direct several marketing programs that facilitate the efficient marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops. He also will be responsible for procuring commodities including meat and poultry for the national school lunch and other federal food and nutrition programs. AMS is part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs.

Link replaces former AMS Administrator Lloyd Day.

Source: USDA