Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will address the board, delegates and members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s upcoming meeting in Houston.
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. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Sonny Perdue announced Thursday the Department’s plan to reorganize, including to create an undersecretary-level position focused on trade and foreign agricultural affairs.
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.
The U.S. Grains Council received a clean audit report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service for the period of Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 31, 2014.