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Ted McKinney was sworn in as director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2014, by Governor Mike Pence.
With more than 25 years of agriculture leadership experience, Director McKinney brings extensive knowledge and an understanding of Indiana and global agriculture to ISDA. Prior to joining ISDA, he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company.
Director McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana. He began his career in 1981 when he joined the Agricultural Chemicals business of Elanco Products Company, later moving to the parent company, Lilly. In 1990, he joined Dow AgroSciences where he spent nearly 20 years in a variety of Corporate Affairs responsibilities. In 2009, he returned to Elanco in Global Corporate Affairs. During his Dow AgroSciences tenure, he took leave in 2000 to serve as co-founder and Interim Executive Director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, a public information program sponsored by a consortium of companies involved with the development of crop biotechnology.
Ted is co-chair of the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee for Indianapolis, and a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission. He served on the boards & executive committees for the Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Denver-based U.S. Meat Export Federation, as well as the lead team for the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH). In Indianapolis, he serves on the Mayor’s Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), and at Purdue on the Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee. From 2009 until 2010, he served as chair of the Indiana Agriculture Regulatory Structure Task Force, a working group commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana.
McKinney is a 1991 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and a 1992 graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Indianapolis Executive Leadership Series. He was honored in 2004 by the National FFA Organization with an honorary American FFA Degree.
McKinney was a 10-year 4-H member, a former Indiana State FFA Officer, and a graduate of Purdue University where he received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981. During his time at Purdue, he received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate. In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus.
Ted is married to Julie Ann. They have three children: Brad, Brooke, and Caroline, two who are married, and two granddaughters.