In a tweet late July 13, U.S. secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue congratulated Steve Censky upon the president’s nomination of him to be deputy secretary. Since 1996, Censky has been the CEO for the American Soybean Association in St. Louis, Missouri, presiding over an era of unheralded growth in acreage, exports and diversification into biodiesel.
The nomination of someone from the mid-west was expected. In addition, the president chose a person with previous deep ties to the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. Censky served as administrator of the foreign agricultural service where he was involved in global trade negotiations and export programs. His formative years were spent on a soybean, corn and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota.
The biographical notes underline the U.S. administration’s emphasis on resumes with former experience in global trade and talents useful in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.