(Neb)-Ibach Unanimously Confirmed As USDA Undersecretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach as USDA Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. A Nebraska native and lifelong rancher and farmer, Ibach has been state ag director for 12 years.
His new role will have him overseeing programs including Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration.
Governor Pete Ricketts sent congratulations after the vote, saying Ibach's experience in economic development - growing Nebraska in Ricketts' campaign phrase - "will be a great asset to President Trump's team."
Ricketts also says his administration looks forward to partnering with Ibach in his new role and working together to expand access to international markets for the state's quality agricultural and manufactured products and other goods."
Nebraska U-S Senator and Valentine-area rancher Deb Fischer issued a statement saying she was "thrilled" to hear of Ibach's confirmation.
Fischer, who introduced Ibach at his nomination hearing before the Senate Ag Committee, says his "deep knowledge, vast experience, and strong passion for agriculture" means he'll serve America's farmers and ranchers well.
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