New AMS Administrator Announced

Former California ag deputy tapped to head national marketing service.

Published on: May 12, 2009

The next Administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service will be Rayne Pegg. Most recently, Pegg served as the Deputy Secretary of Legislation and Policy for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. In this role, she was the principle advisor to both the Secretary of the Department and the cabinet of the Governor of California on the Department's legislative and policy issues.

Pegg has worked with growers and the public to find common ground and reach agreement on controversial issues. She also worked on legislation and public policy that address: invasive species, the Farm Bill, the department's budget, organic production, food safety, farmers markets, government oversight, and trade barriers.

In making the announcement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, Rayne's background makes her the ideal person to further the development of programs to ensure efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products as we work to meet the needs of consumers and industries and provide a safe, sustainable food supply for all Americans.