Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach has been sworn in as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Gov. Pete Ricketts told those in attendance at the Livestock Exchange Building in Omaha that Nebraska’s loss is Washington’s gain.
“We’re very sorry to lose Greg, because he has just been a tremendous contributor to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture,” Ricketts said. “But, we’re also very excited that he’s going to be able to make a contribution at the USDA and help out the Trump Administration.”
Ibach has served under three governors. Gov. Mike Johanns appointed him as state Deputy Agriculture Director. He served as Agriculture Director under Gov. Dave Heineman and Gov. Ricketts; a record 12 years in the post.
After the official swearing in by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Ibach told the group he’s thankful to have the opportunity to work in Washington.
“I want to really thank the president for agreeing with Sec. Perdue and forwarding my nomination on to the Senate,” Ibach said. “I thank the Senate for their consideration and for confirming me.”
The Senate confirmed Ibach as Under Secretary October 26th.
Ibach said he has always tried to strike a balance in his role as Agriculture Director and plans to take that philosophy with him to the USDA.
“Balancing that regulatory responsibility with looking for opportunities to promote and move agriculture forward,” according to Ibach. “And that’s what I hope to be able to continue to do is balance those responsibilities to create a framework that consumers can trust in agriculture and trust in their food supply not only here in the United States, but as they look to us as a supplier worldwide.”
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.