Nebraska Ag Director Ibach to be nominated for USDA post

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach on the news that President Donald J. Trump intends to nominate Ibach as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

“During his twelve years as director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Greg helped grow Nebraska by building the Nebraska brand and Nebraska’s international trade relationships,” said Governor Ricketts. “Greg brings outstanding experience to this role. While we will miss Greg’s day-to-day presence here in Nebraska, he will continue to be a resource for Nebraska as we partner with him in his new role as well as a tremendous asset to the USDA and President Trump’s Administration. I urge the President to send his nomination to the U.S. Senate, and urge senators to take up his confirmation in a timely manner.”

USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs includes Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration. Governor Ricketts noted that Ibach will bring broad experience to this new role from his work with Nebraska’s animal and plant health programs as well as the livestock disease tractability program

Ibach, a lifelong rancher and farmer, has also been active in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture since his appointment as NDA’s director in 2005 serving as chair of the marketing and international trade committee, animal and plant health committee, and, most recently, as president.

Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse also congratulated Ibach on his upcoming nomination. Both issued statements:

Fischer said, “Bruce and I extend our congratulations to Greg Ibach on his nomination for the Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary position at the Department of Agriculture. I have known and worked with Greg for many years. He is an agriculture expert who has extensive knowledge of the industry and its numerous contributions to Nebraska, our country, and the world. I’m pleased the president accepted my recommendation of such an impressive Nebraskan. Once he’s confirmed, I look forward to working with Greg to ensure Nebraska’s producers have the tools necessary to continue feeding the world.”

Sasse said, "A Nebraskan through and through, Greg has served our state well, and I have full faith that he will serve America with the same skill and hard work. Nebraska's farmers and ranchers congratulate Greg and his family on the President's decision to invite him to this new calling."