The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce that Michael Sheats will be the new Director of Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News effective January 1, 2022. Sheats will take over from current Director, Mike Lynch , who will retire on December 31. Lynch’s leadership over the years has fostered an organization that is firmly rooted in the mission of AMS and Market News and remains resolutely focused on constantly improving the information provided to industry stakeholders.
Sheats brings nearly 38 years of experience providing essential business information to the agricultural industries. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and began his career at AMS as an agricultural grader. Sheats then joined Market News where he served in a variety of roles including developing regulations implementing the Compulsory Livestock Reporting Act 1999. departmental and agency functions.
“Please join me in thanking Mike Lynch for his leadership over the years and in wishing him a well-deserved retirement; and in welcoming Michael Sheats to Market News,” said Jennifer Porter, AMS Livestock Deputy Program Administrator. and Poultry.