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US Senate confirms two new USDA appointments

US Senate confirms two new USDA appointments”

After months of waiting, Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, can finally assume his new position as the U.S. Agriculture Department's first Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

Asked by reporters for her views on Sam Clovis, the nominee to be agriculture undersecretary for research, education and economics, Stabenow repeating her previous statements, said she thinks Clovis, who is not a hard scientist and has made controversial statements on social issues, "doesn't meet the criteria" for the job. Steve Censky was also confirmed to become Deputy Agriculture Secretary The nominations were approved on voice vote Tuesday evening, one day after the Senate Agriculture Committee approved the nominees.

The U.S. Senate confirmed two nominees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "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".

The National Pork Producers Council was also quick to congratulate Censky and McKinney on their confirmations. Censky, who led the ASA as CEO since 1996, was nominated by President Donald Trump in July. Additionally, he served at the USDA under both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, becoming administrator of the agency's Foreign Agriculture Service in 1992. "His longstanding background in agriculture, economic development, and global issues will make him an unapologetic advocate for USA products in the world marketplace". "That's a worthy and much-needed mission and Ted McKinney is a great champion to fulfill it. Congratulations to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who so skillfully guided these nominations through the confirmation process".



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