Stephen Censky, USDA deputy secretary, will once again become the CEO of the American Soybean Association (ASA), a position he previously held for 21 years. He will return to ASA on November 9, according to an announcement from USDA.
“It has been a true honor to serve my country on behalf of American agriculture…(and) conduct the important work that affects the daily lives of so many Americans,” Censky said in the announcement.
Censky started at USDA in October 2017 after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Censky began his career working as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later, he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the USDA, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.
Censky received his B.S. in Agriculture from South Dakota State University and his Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota.