Trade Advocates Confirmed To Leadership Roles At USDA

Left: Stephen Cenksy, USDA Deputy Secretary; Right: Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gaining two new leaders - and agriculture trade is gaining two new advocates - with the confirmations this week of Steve Censky as deputy secretary and Ted McKinney as the newly-created undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. 

The U.S. Senate confirmed both the non-controversial nominees late Tuesday evening Washington time. 

U.S. Ethanol Weighs In On Proposed Canadian Fuel Standard

The Canadian government has set an aggressive goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatons by 2030 - and U.S. ethanol is a proven and economically viable tool to help achieve that objective. A U.S. ethanol industry mission delivered that message and more information about the benefits of U.S. ethanol during a mission to Canada in April, followed by formal comments on the proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard. 

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