Oct 4, 2017–STATEHOUSE – Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Affairs. McKinney was nominated by President Trump in July to serve in the newly-created role.
“Ted McKinney brings decades of experience and expertise to his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “We are proud and excited for this opportunity for Ted. He has been a tireless advocate for Hoosier agriculture in his exemplary service to our state, and I know he’ll be an effective voice promoting American agriculture around the world.”
In 2014, McKinney was appointed Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, an agency within the Lt. Governor’s Family of Business portfolio. In his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he will serve as an advocate for U.S. agricultural products in the world marketplace.
Melissa Rekeweg, currently the Deputy Director of ISDA, will serve as interim director for the agency.