- On October 17, 2017
On October 10, Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney were officially sworn in as USDA Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, respectively.
Censky served as CEO of the American Soybean Association for more than two decades, while McKinney has served as director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture since 2014. Before that, he worked in corporate affairs at Elanco and Dow AgroSciences.
It’s also expected that Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach will be confirmed in the near future as USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will be confirmed as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. The Senate Agriculture Committee held their hearing on October 11, and is expected to recommend their confirmations to the full Senate.