Nearly six months after USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was sworn into office, he now has two more members of his executive team. Former American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky took the oath of office Tuesday as the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. During the same ceremony, former Indiana Agriculture Secretary Ted McKinney was sworn-in as the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Both received Senate confirmation one week ago. Following last week’s vote, Secretary Perdue praised the Senate for confirming the two key players of his administration.
“Steve Censky will help us be responsive to producers reeling from the effects of multiple hurricanes and also offer prudent counsel as Congress continues work on the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Perdue.
McKinney is the first ever to hold his position which was created by Perdue during a reorganization. “Ted McKinney will take charge of the newly-created mission area focused on trade, and wake up every morning seeking to sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets,” said Perdue, following the confirmation vote.
With today’s swearing-in of Censky, the American Soybean Association has officially opened the search for its next chief executive. Censky served with ASA for 23 years. “We can’t thank Steve enough for the legacy he leaves here at ASA. We are a more effective and representative advocate for soybean farmers because of him,” said Ron Moore, ASA President.
Moore says ASA will search for the “most qualified candidates from both inside and outside the industry, and we will begin reviewing materials from those candidates immediately,”.