May 16, 2017
Stephen L. Censky is the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Chief Executive Officer. As ASA’s top executive, Censky is in charge of managing ASA’s legislative, trade policy, international market development, communications, and leadership development programs.
The American Soybean Association is the national, not-for-profit trade association that represents U.S. soybean farmers on policy and trade. ASA works as the domestic and trade advocate for all soybean producers.
Prior to joining ASA, Censky worked in Washington, D.C. for over a decade. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for agricultural and transportation matters to Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later he served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helping to craft the 1990 Farm Bill and eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in global trade negotiations and running our Nation’s export programs.
Censky received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University and his Postgraduate Diploma in agriculture studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota. He and his wife Carmen reside in suburban St. Louis and have two daughters who are both in college.
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