April 11, 2008
April 11, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the selection of David R. Shipman as the new associate administrator of the agency.
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of David Shipman for the associate administrator post," said AMS Administrator Lloyd Day. "His vast experience and proven abilities in a variety of leadership positions throughout USDA make him an ideal choice for this important position."
Shipman has worked for USDA since 1976. Prior to this appointment, since 1994, Shipman served as the Deputy Administrator for USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Shipman also has served as acting deputy assistant secretary for USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs and acting administrator for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
The associate administrator is responsible for a wide range of programs that facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products. The Programs under the associate administrator's direction include a variety of fee-for-service, agricultural and food product certification activities; daily commodity price reporting for U.S. and foreign markets; oversight of industry-funded research and promotion programs; regulatory programs that ensure fair trade practices in agricultural markets and procurement of commodities, which include fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and egg products, for the national school lunch and other federal food and nutrition programs.
Shipman's selection comes at the retirement of Dr. Kenneth C. Clayton, who served in the associate administrator position for over 19 years and served at USDA for over 30 years.