McKinney Ready to Tackle Trade


Former Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney is beginning his new role Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade at USDA. The Indiana native is ready to take on the tough task of promoting U.S. agriculture, around the world and at the NAFTA negotiating table…

“Can the US, and will be US be that reliable supplier of high quality, and in many cases high volume products, and I think the answer to that is absolutely and unequivocally ‘yes!’              

The Trump administration has set forth a new philosophy on trade and it will be McKinney’s task to articulate that new policy to our trading partners. Yet he feels while our trade goals hay be different, the message, is much the same…

“Trade is still based in many parts, dare I say most parts of the world, on trust.  I’m going to be communicating quite a bit, and building that trust to make sure that markets are opened, if they’re not already opened, or that we remain and keep them open.

So, I say those seem large and abstract, but I think they’re the truth.”                         

McKinney says he expects to be at the table during the NAFTA negotiations that resume this week, he will also be meeting with other customers and potential customers for U.S. farm products…

“Well, I hope the size and the magnitude of our production, and that transcends all kinds of corps and livestock, I hope that’s a selling point.  In other words, ready supply for a world that is ever demanding more protein.  Whether it’s a wealthy country, or a developing country, There is a supply, and it’s there.  I also think the world continues to look that the US for a reliable and quality and safe food supply.  At a time when others are struggling with that, year in and year out, you can depend on the safety and the quality of US products, and I think that is the second one.”

McKinney has the skills and the experience to get the job done, if he continues to have the support of the of the White House.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.