Censky confirmed as new USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

By Ron Kotrba | October 04, 2017

Longtime CEO of the American Soybean Association, Steve Censky, was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 3 as the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky, who led the ASA as CEO since 1996, was nominated by President Donald Trump in July.

“Congratulations to Steve on his confirmation to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “Steve’s decades of experience in soybeans and biodiesel will serve the agency well. He’s a proven, successful executive, known for providing a clear vision for the agricultural industry and being a tireless advocate for America’s farmers. We wish him the best in this new endeavor.”

Before becoming CEO of the ASA, Censky served at USDA in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Censky came to Washington, D.C., originally as a legislative aide to former Sen. Jim Abdnor of South Dakota.


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