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Vilsack names FAS, AMS administrators

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA career employees as administrators of two agencies, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Suzanne Heinen

Suzanne Heinen
USDA announced today that Vilsack has appointed Suzanne Heinen as FAS administrator after she served 11 months as the agency’s acting administrator. USDA also said that Heinen will continue to serve as the general sales manager, a position that has usually been separate from the administrator.

Before becoming acting administrator, Heinen, a 25-year Foreign Service officer, worked on food security issues in Vilsack’s office and before that as minister-counselor for agriculture at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

Heinen has served at FAS posts around the world, including Mexico, China, Russia and Guatemala. In Washington, she served as FAS deputy administrator for international cooperation and development and as assistant deputy administrator for foreign agricultural affairs.

She also held various positions in international trade policy, working on multilateral and bilateral issues, particularly sanitary and phytosanitary agreements.

Heinen, a native of Michigan, received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and her master of science from Michigan State University.

David Shipman

David Shipman
Vilsack also named David Shipman as AMS administrator. Shipman had held that post in an acting capacity and before that was deputy administrator of USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration.

AMS, a division of USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Affairs division, establishes quality standards and delivers grading services for meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, cotton and a variety of other products, reports daily commodity prices used by those selling and buying commodities every day, and oversees the operation of industry-funded research and promotion programs, such as the Dairy Board with its “Got Milk” slogan.

AMS also manages grant programs to support farm conversion to organic operations and to promote the marketing of specialty crops, implements the country of origin labeling of food law and is responsible for the purchase of more than a billion dollars worth of agricultural products annually for the school lunch program and a variety of other federal food assistance programs.