Arthur Neal has been appointed Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Federal Grain Inspection Service.
“During his time as Deputy Administrator of the Transportation and Marketing Program, Arthur Neal encouraged innovation and pursued new approaches to market research and technical assistance for local food systems,” said AMS Administrator Bruce Summers. “I am grateful AMS will continue to benefit from Arthur’s leadership as he transitions to the Federal Grain Inspection Service. I have no doubt the employees, partners and stakeholders of FGIS will benefit from his dedication and experience leading organizations to exceed customer expectations and find new ways to deliver services efficiently and effectively.”
Since 2011 Arthur has served as the Deputy Administrator of the AMS Transportation and Marketing Program where he led a team responsible for providing economic analysis on the transportation of bulk agricultural products via rail, barge, truck, and ocean vessel. He also managed over $120 million in federal grants and cooperative partnerships supporting the development of local and regional food systems. In 2017-2018, Arthur led the development of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, regulating how manufacturers must disclose bioengineered food information to retail consumers.
During his tenure at USDA, Arthur spent over ten years at the National Organic Program as Associate Deputy Administrator, playing a lead role in the development and enforcement of regulations for the organic industry. Arthur also worked several years with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, strengthening relationships with Historically Black Land-Grant Universities and resolving farm cases related to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
Arthur earned a B.S. in Agriculture Economics at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a master’s degree from the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
FGIS facilitates the marketing of U.S. grain and related products by establishing standards for quality assessments, regulating handling practices, and managing a network of federal, state, and private laboratories that provide impartial official inspection and weighing services. Learn more at https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/programs-offices/federal-grain-inspection-service.