Rayne Pegg has been tapped to be the new administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which is charged with ensuring that a productive and competitive global and domestic marketplace exists for U.S. agricultural products.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement last week, pointing out that Pegg most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Legislation and Policy for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. As an advocate with the California Farm Bureau Federation, Pegg analyzed California agriculture's foreign market opportunities and competition and participated in the World Trade Organization and U.S./Korea Free-trade Act negotiations. She worked with USDA to resolve phytosanitary barriers that restrict the movement of California products to foreign and domestic markets.

In addition, Pegg previously was appointed to USDA's Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee on Fruits and Vegetables. She also was a principle in creating the California Leafy Green Product Handler Marketing Agreement, which was established in response to the spinach E. coli outbreak in 2006. Pegg earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.