Aug 29, 2018
USDA hires new director of the Marketing Order and Agreement Division

Patty Bennett, AMS, Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division portrait in Washington, DC on August 16, 2018. USDA photo by Ken Hammond

Hello, I am Dr. Patty Bennett. I am the new Director of the Marketing Order and Agreement Division of the Specialty Crops Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service.

I’ve served with the USDA as part of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for almost 13 years. While at FSIS, I held key positions in several areas, including as the Agency’s top veterinarian overseeing humane handling in slaughter establishments for the last three years, acting Director for Recall and Import Operations, and acting Chief of Staff for the Office of the Administrator.

I’ve also served as a Branch Chief, Deputy Director, and acting Director overseeing scientists in the Office of Public Health, and a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office of Policy. I regularly collaborated with stakeholders in industry and consumer groups as well as with other Federal and state agencies. Before coming to USDA, I practiced small animal and shelter veterinary medicine.

I have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University. I will always be responsive to our industry and welcome the opportunity to serve you as the new Director at MOAD.

Please contact me at your convenience by email at [email protected] or by phone at (202) 720-2491.  Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!





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