President Donald Trump is nominating Indiana Ag Commissioner Ted McKinney to be the next Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

Trump announced the pick this evening.

McKinney was appointed the head of the Department of Agriculture under Mike Pence in 2014 and kept the post under Governor Eric Holcomb.

McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana.  He also worked for 19 years with Dow AgroSciences, and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs.

Governor Holcomb’s office released the following statement about McKinney’s appointment.

“Ted will be a strong voice in this new role with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He took agriculture to the next level in Indiana with his wealth of experience and enthusiasm in all sectors of the agriculture community, and I know he will do the same for our nation in this position as undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.”

McKinney is the latest Trump pick from the Hoosier state.  Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams has been nominated to be the next Surgeon General and Brandye Hendrickson of the State Personnel Office is going to Federal Highway Administration.

Photo:  Hoosier AG Today