Director, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Office of Dept. Initiatives and International Affairs
Byron Reilly is the Director of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), Departmental Initiatives and International Affairs (DIIA) in Washington, D.C. With extensive knowledge on grain grading, Reilly will be breaking down how individual soybean grades are assigned and he will touch on the foreign complaint process during his presentation.
He grew up on a family farm in rural Pennsylvania, where they grew corn and Soft Red Winter wheat and raised cattle and swine. He Delaware Valley University earning a degree in Agronomy.Reilly began working for FGIS in 1977 in Indianapolis as an Agricultural Commodity Grader. He has worked as a Grain Marketing Specialist in Washington, D.C., with the DIIA for the past 32 years. In 2014, he became the Director of the DIIA.
Reilly has traveled overseas to numerous countries to address grain quality issues and technical barriers to trade, helped establish grain inspection labs in several countries and train government and industry inspectors, and worked with USDA Cooperator organizations like USSEC, ASA, USGC on market development activities. He has developed and implemented a program to station an FGIS inspector in S.E. Asia for 1 month assignments working with the Foreign Agricultural Service and USDA cooperator organizations to meet with importers and end users face-to-face to address their concerns and provide technical grain grading training.