Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed two leaders to his staff at the Department of Agriculture Tuesday. Perdue swore in Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Ted McKinney as USDA’s new Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Perdue says Censky and McKinney are “two experienced, prepared, and capable nominees,” who will provide steady leadership at USDA.
With the ceremony, Censky officially departed his job as CEO of the American Soybean Association after 23 years, 21 of which he spent as head of the organization. ASA President Ron Moore said that due to the swearing-in of Censky, ASA has officially opened the search for its next CEO. The Indiana Department of Agriculture named its deputy director as interim director last week, following the Senate confirmation of McKinney to the USDA post.
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