David R. Shipman, who has been acting administrator for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) since August 2011, was named administrator of AMS this week. Prior to being named acting administrator, Shipman was the associate administrator of AMS. Before joining AMS as associate adminitrator in April 2008, Shipman was deputy adminsitrator for USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administation.  He has worked for USDA in various positions for 36 years.

National Chicken Council President Mike Brown congratulated Shipman on being named administrator and said that NCC looks forward to continuing to work closely with Shipman and his AMS associates.  AMS is one of the most important agencies for the chicken industry, Brown noted.