USDA Announces New Administrators

Link, Van Doren will head two agencies.

USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight announced the appointments of new administrators for the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. James Link has been named the new head of AMS and Terry Van Doren is the new administrator for GIPSA.

"Jim Link's experience as a rancher, businessman and educator will be an asset in his new role at AMS, where he will help to market U.S. agricultural products in domestic and international markets," said Knight. "His background and service make Jim well suited to continue to enhance the economic opportunities available to U.S. agricultural producers."

Link has been the administrator of GIPSA since 2005. So with Link taking over AMS, Van Doren has been named to replace him.

"Terry brings a wealth of experience in farm policy and administration to the agency," said Knight. "Having served in several key roles at USDA since 2005, in addition to his experience on Capitol Hill, I am pleased that he will quickly assume his new responsibilities at GIPSA."

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