GIPSA Acting Administrator Biography
Randall D. Jones
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mr. Jones is a native of Grayson County in southwest Virginia, where he was born, raised and worked on a beef cattle and dairy farm prior to beginning his service with USDA in 1985. Mr. Jones is very proud of his strong rural roots and ties to agriculture as both his mother’s and father’s families have farmed in southwest Virginia for multiple generations.
Since July 2008, Mr. Jones has served as the Deputy Administrator, Federal Grain Inspection Service, where he manages FGIS that facilitates the movement of our Nation's grain harvest into the domestic and international marketplace by providing farmers, handlers, processors, exporters, and international buyers with sampling, inspection, process verification, weighing and stowage examination services that accurately and consistently describe the quality and quantity of the commodities being bought and sold. The Official U.S. Standards for Grain are used each and every day by sellers and buyers around the world to communicate the type and quality of grain bought and sold. U.S. grain, rice, and other commodities flow from farm to elevator to destinations around the world. Mr. Jones supports 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. Mr. Jones provides international services and outreach programs that keep America's grain flowing to our international customers. Mr. Jones ensures the integrity of the U.S. official inspection system to ensure the market for grain and related products is fair, transparent, and free from deceptive and fraudulent practices.
Mr. Jones manages the national inspection and weighing system, a unique network of Federal, State, and private laboratories that provide impartial, user fee funded official inspection and weighing services which is comprised of approximately 3,200 individuals of which 700 are Federal employees. Mr. Jones oversees all grain inspection and weighing, methods development, standardization and compliance, and related support programs and activities; provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination for all operational, planning and resource management programs and activities of FGIS. Mr. Jones formulates and establishes long-range and current policies that carry out the broad, varied and complex functions and activities of FGIS.
Prior to joining GIPSA, Mr. Jones served as Associate Deputy Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Livestock and Seed Program. During his tenure, Mr. Jones oversaw research and promotion programs for beef, pork, lamb and soybeans; livestock and grain market reporting; domestic and foreign seed trade activities and quality management programs to market seed and meat products domestically and internationally. He also was directly involved in the development and implementation of a new research and promotion program for sorghum. Before his service with the Agricultural Marketing Service, Mr. Jones served more than 16 years in various management positions with the USDA Farm Service Agency and the former Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
During his 7 years of service with AMS, Mr. Jones contributed directly to the effective marketing of meat and seed products, primarily through the implementation of programs that enhanced trade with domestic and foreign markets. From September 2001 to 2008, Mr. Jones oversaw the implementation of quality management systems and development of three accreditation programs for seed, providing uniformity of procedures and methodology that enhanced seed commerce across the globe. Mr. Jones was instrumental in the development of an agreement with Canada that facilitated the direct marketing of U.S. seed upon import, saving U.S. seed producers and exporters thousands of dollars a year in seed testing and exporting costs.
Further, his oversight of OECD Seed Schemes activities enhanced U.S. seed movement in international seed trade. Before his service with AMS, Mr. Jones served more than 16 years in various management positions with the USDA Farm Service Agency and the former Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service including as the County Executive Director in 3 different counties in Virginia where he truly learned the importance of customer service. He received his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and now resides in Warrenton, VA, with his wife.