July 17, 2017: Stephen Censky was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Censky, of suburban St. Louis in Missouri, has been the American Soybean Association’s chief executive officer for the past twenty-one years. Censky started his career working as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor, South Dakota Republican. Censky later worked in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations at USDA. Censky was the Administrator of the USDA Foreign agricultural Service. Censky received his postgraduate diploma in agriculture science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Censky grew up on a soybean, corn and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota.