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McKinney to Lead National Policy Group


Published: Friday, September 24, 2021

The National Assn. of State Departments of Agriculture is thrilled to announce the selection of Ted McKinney as chief executive officer. He will lead NASDA in amplifying the voice of state departments of agriculture in Washington, D.C., seeking policy solutions for our food system and expanding and deepening NASDA's partnerships.

"Representing a unified voice from all 50 states and four territories, NASDA is a leader and problem solver on our nation's most important agricultural issues. I am honored to be chosen for this position, and I am delighted to continue serving our country through advocating for state departments of agriculture," McKinney said. "Moving forward, I'm excited to set new horizons for NASDA and ensure agriculture thrives in our states and territories."

McKinney most recently served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. He led the development and implementation of the department's trade policy, facilitated foreign market access and promoted opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations.

Prior to USDA, McKinney held the position of director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and during his time as a NASDA member, he served on multiple committees for the NASDA Foundation. He also brings over 30 years of experience to NASDA from agriculture's private industry, including 19 years of experience from NASDA's partner, Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva Agriscience), and 14 years from NASDA's partner, Elanco Animal Health."

Prior to his career in agriculture, McKinney grew up on a family farm in Tipton, Ind.

McKinney will begin in the new role on Sept. 27.

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