USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce Michael Sheats as the new director of Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News effective Jan. 1, 2022. Sheats will take over for the current director, Mike Lynch, who retires Dec. 31. Lynch's leadership over the years has fostered an organization that is well-rooted in the mission of AMS and Market News and remains keenly focused on constantly improving the information provided to industry stakeholders.
Sheats brings nearly 38 years of experience providing critical market intelligence to the agricultural industries. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in animal science, and began his career with AMS as an agricultural commodity grader. Sheats later joined Market News where he filled various roles including developing the regulation implementing the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999. Most recently, he served as director of the Agricultural Analytics Division which brings together market analytic, economic, scientific and statistical expertise in support of department 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 back to Market News," says Jennifer Porter, deputy administrator for the AMS Livestock and Poultry Program.