Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
Larry Mitchell was appointed Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on June 3, 2012. He is responsible for a variety of programs that facilitate the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products, and to promote fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. GIPSA's programs directly and significantly impact two key sectors of American agriculture - the livestock and grain markets. The markets serviced by GIPSA represent a total economic value of approximately $170 billion annually with exports contributing over $28.7 billion to the U.S. economy.
Before joining GIPSA, Mr. Mitchell served as the Associate Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach at USDA and previously served as Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of USDA and Deputy Vice President at Commodity Credit Corporation in the 1990s.
In the interim, Mr. Mitchell served in the private and nonprofit sectors as President of K Street Research, Inc. and as Chief Executive Officer of the American Corn Growers Association. Prior to serving at USDA in the 1990s, Mitchell held the position of Vice President of Government Relations for the National Farmers Union in Washington, D.C., Director of Federal and State Relation for the American Agriculture Movement, Editor of the AAM Reporter and as an independent consultant and writer on American farm issues. Before coming to Washington in 1989, Mr. Mitchell was a grain and cotton farmer in Texas.
Mr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in Plant and Soil Science.