The former CEO of the American Corn Growers Association was recently named Administrator of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Larry Mitchell succeeds J. Dudley Butler. Butler resigned after the Administration weakened the rewrite of the rule that governs the Packers and Stockyards Act.
During the Clinton Administration – Mitchell was Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs at the Farm Service Agency. He has been a political appointee in the Obama Administration as Associate Director of the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach. The fifth-generation farmer raised grains, cotton, hay, horses and cattle in north Texas before starting to work in Washington in 1989.