GIPSA administrator J. Dudley Butler resigns
J. Dudley Butler, administrator of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) has resigned, effective Jan. 26, according to news reports.
He is likely to be most remembered for a controversial agency proposal aimed at reforming livestock and poultry marketing practices and expanding GIPSA’s authority to protect livestock and poultry producers from unfair, fraudulent or retaliatory practices. Farm activist groups supported the proposal but it was opposed by major livestock producer groups as going beyond the wishes of Congress, as set out in the 2008 farm bill. Most of the marketing reforms sought by the proposal’s supporters were stripped from the final rule.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a statement issued Jan. 25, thanked Butler for his “outstanding service… to advance the cause” of fair and competitive markets, adding, “USDA looks forward to continuing this work on behalf of our nation’s producers.”