Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky visited Gills Onions on Friday, Feb. 11, with company Owner Steve Gill and Vice President of Sales Megan Jacobsen on hand to give Deputy Censky a tour of the Oxnard facility and discuss several issues.
The Deputy Secretary, who was sworn in Oct. 11, 2017, brings a solid background in ag to his position. Prior to this position, he served for 21 years as CEO of the American Soybean Association. A native of Minnesota, he started his career as a legislative assistant for Sen. Jim. Abdnor, R-SD, and later served during both the Reagan and G. H.W. Bush Administrations in the USDA.
“Steve Gill and our team had the opportunity to discuss sustainable agriculture practices, among other topics, with the Deputy,” Megan said, adding, “We appreciate Deputy Censky’s time. We had a productive conversation, shared our sustainability story and gave him a firsthand look at what we do at Gills Onions.”
Steve Gill said, “Healthy onions start with healthy soil. From the time each seed goes into the ground until it goes on a truck, we continually look at how to make our process more environmentally friendly and healthy. Responsible practices are necessary, and we value the conversation we had with the Deputy and listening to the USDA’s vision for supporting efforts to expand regenerative agricultural practices to all farming operations in the United States.”
View photos of the visit, courtesy of Megan Jacobsen, Gills Vice President of Sales & Marketing