INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 2017) — Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Corn Growers Association released the following statement in response to Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, being nominated by President Trump for the USDA position of Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs:
“We congratulate Ted McKinney on his nomination from President Trump for Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs with the USDA. Ted has been a tireless advocate for Indiana agriculture through his work at Dow AgroSciences and Elanco, and most recently, as the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
As an ex officio member of our corn and soybean boards, Ted is a great partner in working on the issues most important to growing food, fiber and fuel.
We are particularly pleased that Ted will be overseeing trade and foreign agriculture issues at the USDA. Indiana corn and soybean farmers know that exports are a vital market for Indiana and the United States. We are pleased to see a leader like Ted nominated for this position because of his passion, expertise and experience.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, described Ted as “an unapologetic advocate for U.S. products in the world marketplace.” Those of us in Indiana know this to be true because we have worked with Ted, witnessed his commitment to agriculture firsthand and reaped the benefits of his leadership and vision. We are confident that Ted will continue advocating on behalf of U.S. agriculture and farmers if he is confirmed in this position.”
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of nine farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the 600 ICGA members statewide.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting farmer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
This communications was partially funded with Indiana corn and soybean checkoff dollars.