The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will speak at the 25th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Houston. Under Secretary McKinney rounds out a stellar selection of speakers when he addresses attendees at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday, Feb. 12. "Ethanol has been our country's fastest-growing ag export, and for that reason trade has risen as a policy priority for our organization's members over the past several years," said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. "We look forward to hearing directly from Under Secretary McKinney about the trade outlook, especially opportunities that are arising under USMCA, the China trade talks and other discussions in Washington. We believe a lot of great potential remains to bring high-octane, low-carbon renewable fuels from the United States to more destinations worldwide." At USDA, McKinney leads the development and implementation of the Department's trade policy, oversees and facilitates foreign market access, and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations. In 2014, he was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence to serve as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, a position he held until joining USDA in 2017.Â McKinney's 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. The National Ethanol Conference, taking place Feb. 10–12, is the most widely attended executive-level conference for the ethanol industry. For more information or to register, visit: www.NationalEthanolConference.com.