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Steve Censky, Deputy Ag Secretary, Joins Powerful Dairy Forum Program

Dec 20, 2017
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky (center left) meets with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (center right) and IDFA board members during a December fly-in.

Just a few months into his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky is set to deliver remarks at Dairy Forum 2018, January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California. As the second in command at USDA, Censky will play a critical role in implementing changes to the school lunch program, expanding agricultural trade opportunities and reauthorizing the next farm bill. His address on the factors shaping U.S. food and agriculture policy will provide valuable insights for IDFA and dairy leaders to consider when preparing for the future of dairy.

“Deputy Secretary Censky is well versed in the issues of modern food and agriculture production and has leadership experience at USDA having served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “IDFA is pleased to welcome him to our program for a robust discussion on his role at the department and the future of agriculture, including dairy.”

Censky will open the third day of the Dairy Forum program on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 8:45 –9:45 a.m.

Dairy Forum 2018

This year’s event promises to pack a powerful program of sessions covering the policies, regulations and trends that will define the future of the dairy industry. Visit the online agenda for a full listing of sessions and topics, and register online.

Dairy Forum 2018 will be held Jan. 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California. Visit the Dairy Forum 2018 site for details and to register.

For more information, contact Melissa Lembke, IDFA manager of meetings and educational services, at

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