FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Peggy Armstrong
(Washington, D.C. – July 14, 2017) Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, applauded the nomination of Stephen Censky as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Steve is a great choice for the deputy secretary role. He 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.
“With this appointment, Secretary Perdue is assembling a strong leadership team. We look forward to working with Steve on several important issues including implementation of flexibility in the school lunch program, expanding agricultural trade and the reauthorization of the farm bill.”
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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers with a membership of nearly 525 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's nearly 200 dairy processing members operate more than 600 manufacturing facilities and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.