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Associate Sector Update

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:34 PM | Brandice Pelfrey (Administrator)


August 20, 2019 

Greetings Associate Members and Good Morning!

I hope you are having a great week thus far. There are a few things from USDA and ACDA that were communicated over the past week that I wanted to share with you all. 

Robin Bowman
ACDA Associate Representative

USDA Releases New MPR Template

In last week's USDA webinar, there was important information shared:

  • Effective this SY that started July 1st, a new MPR template MUST be utilized by all Processors. 
  • ALL Transfers must be approved by FNS.
  • The only exception to this are IN-STATE transfers. These do not require FNS approval. 

 ACDA Education Committee Needs Feedback

Your ACDA Education Committee is looking for your feedback! Be sure to complete the survey.  Click HERE to participate if you haven't already received it. 

 USDA Newly Appointed Leadership

Secretary Perdue Statement on Newly Appointed FNCS Leadership

(Washington, D.C., August 19, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has sworn in Brandon Lipps as Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) and Pam Miller as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“I am excited to welcome Brandon Lipps and Pam Miller to these new roles within the Department and thank them for their hard work up to this point. Both Brandon and Pam have extensive experience in nutrition policy and have already been serving in FNCS leadership positions. I am confident they will hit the ground running and continue the great work the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services does to feed those in need.”


Brandon Lipps has served as Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, and also as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services since July 2017. Before being appointed to his current position, he worked for the Texas Tech University System as the Chief of Staff and Director of Federal Affairs in the Office of Chancellor Robert Duncan. In this role, Lipps was the leading force in developing policy initiatives and strategic priorities for the Chancellor. Prior to joining the Texas Tech University System, he served as counsel and senior professional staff to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture where he lead the nutrition policy team. Lipps also served as Chancellor Duncan’s consultant, legislative aide, and rural district director during his time as a Texas State Senator. Lipps is also a former associate at the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam. He hails from Woodson, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Lipps earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Pam Miller has served as the USDA’s Food and Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) Senior Associate Administrator for Policy since September 2018. In this role she has worked on a wide range of policies promoting self-sufficiency, program integrity, and instilling public confidence in USDA’s oversight of the 15 nutrition programs. Prior to joining USDA, Pam worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years. During her career she was senior professional staff for the House Agriculture Committee where she helped craft three farm bills focused on nutrition and specialty crop issues. She then joined the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, serving as the lead professional staff for FNS, as well as USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Safety and Inspection Service accounts developing annual spending bills. Her experience as staff for both the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees give her a unique perspective to implementing nutrition policy at USDA. Pam grew up on a small livestock operation near Lubbock, Texas, and received her degree in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University.


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