May 8, 2009
J. Dudley Butler will serve as administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and Homer Lee Wilkes will be nominated as undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, both at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Butler has been an attorney in private practice for more than three decades and is a certified mediator and arbitrator. He's also been involved in cattle, timber and farming operations.
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.
Wilkes is a 28-year veteran of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), currently serving as state conservationist in Mississippi where he administers the natural resources conservation program for the state.
NRCS is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources.