WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Steve Censky to the position of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Agriculture Secretary and Ted McKinney to the newly established position of Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.
The American Sugar Alliance released the following statement about the confirmations:
“We commend the White House for filling these important positions with two individuals who will provide strong leadership at a critical time for the U.S. sugar industry.
“Mr. Censky, former CEO of the American Soybean Association and longtime USDA official, brings an important historical perspective to the position. He has worked on numerous Farm Bills and crop policies, and this background will serve the agriculture industry well as Congress continues to work on the 2018 Farm Bill.
“Mr. McKinney, who formerly served as Indiana’s agriculture secretary, also brings a wealth of experience and intangibles to the position. His mission, which is to ensure countries are adhering to U.S. trade laws, will be an important one, given increasing efforts by foreign governments to manipulate the global sugar market through heavy subsidization and other trade-distorting measures.
“The American Sugar Alliance looks forward to working with both of these individuals and other members of the Administration to protect America’s 142,000 sugar-related jobs and our farm safety net.”
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance, U.S. sugar policy, and foreign sugar subsidies, visit www.sugaralliance.org.