It’s official: Censky, McKinney confirmed on USDA team


Ag is applauding the Senate confirmation of Stephen Censky to the position of USDA deputy secretary and Ted McKinney to undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

“I am pleased that the U.S. Senate was able to work in a bipartisan and swift manner to confirm Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney,” said U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. “Secretary Perdue, help is on the way.”

“I commend the Senate for confirming these two experienced, prepared, and capable nominees, who will provide the steady leadership we need at USDA. 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 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “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. We eagerly await their arrival at USDA, and urge the Senate to continue to act on other nominees who are awaiting confirmation.”

“We commend the Senate for confirmation of the nominations of Steve Censky and Ted McKinney. They are able gentlemen who will provide Secretary Perdue the strong support he deserves,” said John Bode,  Corn Refiners Association (CRA) CEO. “Particularly with NAFTA negotiations advancing rapidly, it is vital to have all the key players for American food and agriculture trade interests on the field. Congratulations to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who so skillfully guided these nominations through the confirmation process.”

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