Greg Ibach nominated to be USDA Under Secretary

Late on Friday, Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach was officially nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) by President Donald J. Trump. Ibach a farmer & rancher from Sumner has served as Director of Agriculture in the state since 2005 when his predecessor Merlin Carlson was tagged for a position in the Department of Agriculture when Mike Johanns was appointed USDA Secretary in the George W. Bush administration.

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says it is "egregious" and no way to operate (USDA). He added it could be next year before the full team is in place.

Current Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said of Ibach: "Greg Ibach will bring the experience and vision necessary to serve as a first rate Under Secretary for MRP at USDA. His exemplary tenure as Nebraska's Director of Agriculture places him squarely in tune with the needs of American agriculture, particularly the cattle industry. His proven track record of leadership will make him a great asset to USDAs customers, the hard working, taxpaying people of U.S. agriculture."

Earlier this year Secretary Perdue was a guest of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer on her Sandhills Ranch near Valentine and Ibach was there along with other Nebraska agricultural leaders, his early impression of the news Secretary was positive.

Both Nebraska U.S. Senators made statements in support of Director Ibach:

Deb Fischer: 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. Im pleased the president accepted my recommendation of such an impressive Nebraskan. Once hes confirmed, I look forward to working with Greg to empower Nebraskas producers have the tools necessary to continue feeding the world.

Ben Sasse:: "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."

Ibach is the immediate past President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and has oversight of Nebraska's plant and animal health regulatory functions. He has also been very active in foreign and domestic marketing and development activities of Nebraska agriculture, including personally delivering Nebraska beef to Japan.

"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," Governor Pete Ricketts said. "Greg brings outstanding experience to this role. While we will miss Gregs 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 Trumps 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."

The Under Secretary for MRP oversees three critical USDA agencies: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; the Agricultural Marketing Service; and the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration.

Ibach earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska with majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Terese, have three grown children.

Also of note on Friday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was nominated for Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) and Stephen Daden as USDA's General Council.
The Under Secretary for FPAC oversees three critical USDA agencies: the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.

Earlier this year, the White House has nominated Steve Censky for USDA deputy secretary, Ted McKinney, Indiana Secretary of Agriculture as Under Secretary for trade and foreign affairs, and Sam Clovis as undersecretary for research, education and economics.

The Senate Agriculture Committee has not yet announced dates for consideration of any USDA nominees.


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