ASI Applauds Censky's USDA Nomination
July 14, 2017

President Donald J. Trump on Thursday, July 13, nominated Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Censky was CEO of the American Soybean Association for the past 21 years.

According to a report on, Censky grew up on a soybean, corn and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minn. He graduated from South Dakota State University and began his career working as a legislative assistant for then-Sen. Jim Abdnor (South Dakota).

Censky worked for USDA in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. He was administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. He also earned a postgraduate degree in agriculture science from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement, "Our work has only just begun ... and the experience and leadership skills of Stephen Censky will only enhance our efforts. He will bring enthusiasm and a dedication to this country which will be great assets to USDA's customers. I am extremely pleased with the nomination for this key position and am hopeful that the Senate will take it up in short order."

The American Sheep Industry Association welcomes the nomination.

"We applaud the nomination of Mr. Censky and encourage prompt consideration and approval by the United States Senate," said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.

Source: Meating Place