ASA CEO Stephen Censky Nominated to be USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture


President Trump has nominated Stephen Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, to be deputy secretary of Agriculture. The announcement came late Thursday.
Censky has been CEO of the soybean association, since 1996.

The postion largely oversees the day-to-day operations at USDA. Agricultural groups have been calling on the Trump Administration to begin announcing more nominees for positions at USDA.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, praised the announcement that the White House announced another nominee at the department. Perdue says Censky will bring enthusiasm and a dedication to this country which will be great assets to USDA’s customers. Perdue says he’s extremely pleased with his nomination and hopes the Senate will take up his nomination in short order.

Prior to his service at ASA, Censky served as USDA in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations including as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.

In a statement, ASA President Ron Moore says during Censky’s 21 years as CEO, he’s proven himself as an effective, dedicated and visionary voice on behalf of soybean farmers nationwide. Moore says nobody in agriculture is better equipped to assist Secretary Perdue in meeting the needs of farmers with practical solutions than Steve. Moore says he’s a perfect fit for this role and ASA gives their strongest endorsement.

The Senate Agriculture Committee has not announced when it will hold a hearing on Censky’s nomination.