December 9, 2005 -- "With regret and sincere gratitude for his service, I have accepted Dr. Jim Butler's resignation as deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS)," stated Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns in a statement this week.
Butler joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2001 as deputy under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and was later named deputy under secretary for FAS.
"Jim has been involved in the sheep industry for many years, including being director of the National Woolgrowers Association. We were proud of his appointment as deputy undersecretary and greatly appreciate his tenure with the department of agriculture," stated Paul Frischknecht, president of the American Sheep Industry Association.
Butler is taking on the role of deputy director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). IICA is a leading organization in the Western Hemisphere for promoting development of the agriculture and food sectors as science-based sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards and biotechnology regulations.