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(Neb)-State Ag Director Nominated For USDA Job

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/01/2017 11:47 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. - President DonaldTrump is nominating Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach to be USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Ibach, a lifelong farmer and rancher, has headed the state ag department since 2005.

     He has also been active in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, serving as its immediate past president and chair of the marketing and international trade and the animal and plant health committees

    The Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service, APHIS - the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and GIPSA - the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration.
   
     Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement congratulating Ibach and calling his "outstanding experience" for the state "a tremendous asset to the USDA and President Trump's Administration."

      Ricketts said Ibach "helped grow Nebraska by building the Nebraska brand and Nebraska’s international trade relationships,” and while his day-to-day presence will be missed in Nebraska, he will continue to be a resource the state at the USDA.

      The governor urged President Trump to formally submit the nomination to the U-S Senate as quickly as possible and urged the Senators to take up his confirmation in a timely manner.”

      U-S Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer also praised the Nomination. Sasse called Ibach "a Nebraskan through and through" who will "serve America with the same skill and hard work" he did the state.

     Fischer had recommended Ibach to President Trump for the USDA Under Secretary position and had worked with him long before joining the Senate in 2013, both as a Valentine-area rancher and as a state senator.

      She issued a statement calling Ibach "an impressive Nebraskan" and " an agriculture expert who has extensive knowledge of the industry and its numerous contributions to Nebraska, our country, and the world."


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