Packers and Stockyards Program
Susan Keith was appointed Deputy Administrator, Packers and Stockyards Program, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 24, 2013. Ms. Keith is responsible for programs that ensure fair and competitive marketing for the livestock, meat, and poultry industries for the benefit of American Agriculture.
Programs under the direction of the Deputy Administrator include fostering fair and open competition, and guarding against deceptive and fraudulent practices affecting the movement and price of meat animals and their products. The Packers and Stockyards Program also protects consumers and members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries from unfair business practices, which can unduly affect meat and poultry distribution and prices.
Before joining GIPSA, Ms. Keith served as Senior Counselor to the General Counsel, of the USDA Office of the General Counsel. Prior to her tenure at the Department of Agriculture Ms. Keith served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. During the 1990’s, Ms. Keith worked for the National Corn Growers on legislative and policy matters. She began her Federal career as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dave Nagle. Prior to coming to the Washington, D.C. area, she practiced law in Waterloo, Iowa.
Ms. Keith earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College.