Nebraska & Iowa Officials Nominated For USDA Posts

President Trump is looking at Nebraska and Iowa to fill two positions in his administration. 

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach has been tapped and will be nominated as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. 

Governor Pete Ricketts says, “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.”

Both Nebraska U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse sent their congratulations on the nomination. 

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer says, “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.”

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse says, "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."

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson stated,  “Greg Ibach has a tremendous track record of serving Nebraska agriculture. 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. We wish him the best as he proceeds in the nomination process.”

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.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is being sought to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. 

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