Nebraska leaders support Ibach's USDA nomination

Ag Director Greg Ibach speaks at the Governor's Ag Conference in Kearney (NTV News)

Nebraska leaders extended their congratulations and support after Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach was nominated as Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the USDA.

Gov. Pete Ricketts praised Ibach for building international trade relationships and for his broad experience.

“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 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.”

Ricketts noted that Ibach will bring broad experience to the new role from his work with Nebraska’s animal and plant health programs as well as the livestock disease tractability program.

Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, touted Ibach's track record of serving Nebraska agriculture after he learned of the nomination.

"His years of service in leading the Nebraska Department of Agriculture make him an outstanding choice for the position of USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs," Nelson said. "We wish him the best as he proceeds in the nomination process.”

Sen. Deb Fischer pointed to his knowledge of the industry as one of his strengths.

"I have known and worked with Greg for many years," Fischer said. "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.”

Sen. Ben Sasse expressed his confidence in Ibach and praised his hard work.

"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," Sasse said. "Nebraska's farmers and ranchers congratulate Greg and his family on the President's decision to invite him to this new calling."

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.

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