Nebraska’s top agricultural leader has testified in Washington, D.C. as the Senate Agriculture Committee considers his nomination as an Under Secretary of Agriculture.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer introduced state Agriculture Director Greg Ibach to committee members.
“I am honored to introduce my fellow Nebraskan and my good friend Greg Ibach, the nominee to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs,” Fischer told the committee as Ibach sat beside her.
Fischer pointed out a former member of the committee and former Agriculture Secretary, Mike Johanns, first appointed Ibach as assistant Nebraska Agriculture Director when he was governor. Ibach has served as Nebraska Agriculture Director the past 12 years under both Gov. Dave Heineman and Gov. Pete Ricketts.
President Donald Trump nominated him for Under Secretary upon the recommendation of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a former member of the committee, also appeared at the hearing in support of Ibach.
“Nobody outworks Nebraska and nobody knows this better than Greg Ibach,” Sasse said. “Greg has built his entire career and his whole life on honesty and on hustle. He’s the man for the job and Nebraskans couldn’t be prouder of the president’s selection.”
Ibach told committee members he looks forward to serving at the United States Department of Agriculture.
“I am honored to be nominated by the president and humbled by the trust and confidence that Sec. Purdue has shown in selecting me for this position,” Ibach told the committee.
Ibach stated the position demands balance.
“Balancing two priorities: the first representing and promoting the interest of farmers and ranchers and the second, overseeing entities that regulate them, can be a difficult task. However, the word balance is key to that equation,” Ibach stated.
In addition to serving as Nebraska Agriculture Director, Ibach maintains a family farm near Sumner in west-central Nebraska; a cow-calf and row crop operation.
Ibach pledged to listen to Congress and the diverse voices of agriculture if confirmed as Under Secretary.
“Each day my decisions will be tempered by two principles: how will regulatory programs and promotional activities improve the opportunities, not only for my neighbors in Sumner, but also Americans across the country? I recognize the weighty responsibility to maintain consumer confidence in the products produced and the production methods implemented,” Ibach testified.
If the Agriculture Committee approves Ibach’s nomination, it will send it on to the full Senate for consideration.