Long-time Executive Director of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Stephen Censky has been nominated to serve in the number two role of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Censky served as the Chief Executive of the ASA for twenty-one years. He brings a strong track record of leadership, management and issue awareness to the table.
“Nobody in agriculture is better equipped to assist Secretary Perdue in meeting the needs of farmers with practical solutions than Stephen,” ASA President Ron Moore said. “He is a perfect fit for this role, and we will give him our strongest endorsement.”
Censky will work closely with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, in a role that has yet to be defined – other than being the number two official in the department. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement about Censky’s nomination:
“Our work has only just begun in delivering results for the people of American agriculture, and the experience and leadership skills of Stephen Censky will only enhance our efforts,” Perdue said. “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.”
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement about Censky’s nomination:
“Steve knows farmers and thinks like a farmer,” Northey said. “He is from southwest Minnesota, and understands agriculture and trade.”
The Trump Administration still has fourteen unfilled USDA positions that require affirmation by the U.S. Senate. Several state directors of agriculture from the Midwest are suggested candidates for USDA Assistant Secretary jobs including: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
Congress is expected to take up the Censky nomination after the August recess.