The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agency that 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.
GIPSA is part of USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which are working to ensure a productive and competitive global marketplace for U.S. agricultural products.
The Agency's Packers and Stockyards Program (P&SP) promotes fair business practices and competitive environments to market livestock, meat, and poultry. Through its oversight activities, including monitoring programs, reviews, and investigations, P&SP fosters fair competition, provides payment protection, and guards against deceptive and fraudulent trade practices that affect the movement and price of meat animals and their products. P&SP's work protects consumers and members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.
The Agency's Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) facilitates the marketing of U.S. grain and related agricultural products by establishing standards for quality assessments, regulating handling practices, and managing a network of Federal, State, and private laboratories that provide impartial, user fee funded official inspection and weighing services.
Administrator Larry Mitchell (Biography)
Larry Mitchell was appointed Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on June 3, 2012.
Deputy Administrator for FGIS Randall D. Jones (Biography)
Randall D. Jones is Deputy Administrator for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration at the U.S Department of Agriculture. He is responsible for a variety of programs that facilitate the marketing of U.S. agriculture products.
Acting Deputy Administrator for P&SP Brett Offutt (Biography)
Brett Offutt is the Acting Deputy Administrator of the Packers and Stockyards Program, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. In this position, Mr. Offutt is responsible for programs that ensure fair and competitive marketing for the livestock, meat, and poultry industries for the benefit of American Agriculture.