J. Dudley Butler has resigned as administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, effective next week, USDA confirmed. His resignation brings to an end a controversial tenure marked by an attempt to toughen regulations on livestock and poultry marketing.
"I want to thank J. Dudley Butler for his outstanding service as administrator," Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in a statement. "President Obama and I believe fair and competitive markets are critical to the success of American agriculture, and Dudley has worked tirelessly to advance this cause. USDA looks forward to continuing this work on behalf of our nation's producers."
"I have enjoyed the past three years at USDA working with Secretary Vilsack to strengthen American agriculture and build fair markets for livestock and poultry producers," Butler said in a statement released by USDA. "I leave knowing our commitment to these hardworking men, women and families will continue."
Before joining USDA in 2009, Butler was an attorney in private practice, based in Mississippi. He brought litigation on behalf of contract poultry growers against some integrated poultry companies.
As head of GIPSA, Butler was in charge of drafting rules on livestock and poultry marketing in response to a requirement in the Farm Bill passed in 2008.
Reprinted in part from meatingplace.org