Censky and McKinney to Have Hearing on USDA Nominations


Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) announced the committee will hold a hearing to consider two nominations within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30 am (ET) at 216 Hart Senate Office Building.

There will be two nominations that will be considered:


(Stephen Censky, nominated to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture)


Mr. Censky has served as the American Soybean Association’s Chief Executive Officer for the past 21 years. The American Soybean Association is the national, not-for-profit trade association that represents United States soybean farmers on policy and trade. Mr. Censky began his career working as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in running our Nation’s export programs.


(Ted McKinney nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs)


Mr. McKinney is director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, serving from 2014 to present under then Governor Mike Pence, and now Governor Eric Holcomb. Mr. McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana. He also worked for 19 years with Dow AgroSciences, and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs. His industry and civic involvements include the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, International Federation of Animal Health, and the Purdue Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee.