USDA names Terry Van Doren to lead GIPSA

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 2, 2008
USDA names Terry Van Doren to lead GIPSA

Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Bruce Knight recently announced the appointment of Terry Van Doren as administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), an agency within USDA. “Terry brings a wealth of experience in farm policy and administration to the agency,” said Knight. “Having served in several key roles at USDA since 2005, in addition to his experience on Capitol Hill, I am pleased that he will quickly assume his new responsibilities at GIPSA.”

GIPSA facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds and related agricultural products as well as promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. The agency is part of USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which works to ensure a productive and competitive global marketplace for U.S. agricultural products.

Van Doren assumed the role of administrator on Nov. 3, 2008. He joined USDA in 2005 to work on research, education and economic policy issues, then went on to senior advisor to the 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—the five-year reauthorization of U.S. farm, conservation, rural development and nutrition policy.

Van Doren grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Macoupin County, IL. He graduated from the Univer-

sity of Illinois in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and received a master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Colorado State University in 1996. After graduation, Van Doren was active in agricultural policy, serving as associate director of Agricultural Policy for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In 1999, he joined the staff of U.S. Sen.

Peter G. Fitzgerald of Illinois. Van Doren first served as Agriculture Subcommittee staff director and later as Fitzgerald’s legislative director.

Van Doren replaces former GIPSA Administrator Jim Link, who was appointed as administrator of US- DA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Link had served as GIPSA administrator since October 2005. — WLJ