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Censky, McKinney Receive Senate Confirmation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate last week approved by voice vote the nominations of Stephen Censky for deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney for undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

Censky is the former president and CEO of the American Soybean Association and previously served as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service at USDA. In his new role, Censky is responsible for running USDA's day-to-day operations and overseeing implementation of policies set by the Administration and Congress.

McKinney is the former Indiana Director of Agriculture and has worked for Dow AgroSciences and Elanco. McKinney is now tasked with enhancing USDA's ability to address sanitary and phytosanitary and non-tariff barriers affecting U.S. exports, while working to open new markets for U.S. agricultural products. He also will chair an inter-agency committee that includes the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Federal Grain Inspection Service.

Each were sworn in to their new positions by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday morning.

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