New GIPSA Director Announced

Lawyer with experience in cattle, timber and farming tapped for position.

Published on: May 7, 2009

USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has a new leader. J. Dudley Butler has been named by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve as Director of GIPSA. GIPSA facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture.

"Dudley Butler has a solid understanding of issues impacting the agriculture industry and brings a lifetime of experience to the USDA that will help keep our food supply safe," said Vilsack. "He's also demonstrated a commitment to helping rural America prosper, which is consistent with the vision that the President and I share."

Butler has been an attorney in private practice for over three decades and is a certified mediator and arbitrator. He has also been involved in cattle, timber and farming operations, and in the 80's and 90's, owned cattle in Wyoming and traded cattle in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and Utah.