Ted McKinney has been under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since 2017.
Previously he served as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, from 2014 to 2017. His career also included 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.
His industry and civic involvement has included service on the National FFA Convention Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, and Purdue College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as on the boards of directors of the International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and International Federation of Animal Health.
Mr. McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana, and was a 10-year 4-H member and an Indiana State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Officer.
He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981. In 2002, he was named a Purdue Apiculture Distinguished Alumnus and, in 2004, received an FFA Honorary American degree.