President Trump has appointed two Nebraskans to lead state agencies for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Karl Elmshaeuser, an Ogallala native, will lead Rural Development. Nancy Johner, CEO of Pathfinder Support Services in Omaha, will serve as the Executive Director for the Nebraska Farm Service Agency.
“President Trump has selected two outstanding Nebraska leaders to serve as our USDA state directors,” U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer said during a written statement released by her office. “Karl Elmshaeuser is a former U.S. Marine with a strong passion for building prosperous Nebraska communities. His first-rate management and development skills will enable him to make invaluable contributions to rural areas across the state. “I was also happy see Nancy Johner nominated to head our other USDA state agency. Her long career in public service, as an Under Secretary at USDA and the State Director for former Senator Mike Johanns, have prepared her to serve Nebraskans well once again at the Farm Service Agency.”
Elmshaeuser is West Central Nebraska Development District Executive Director. He owned Pioneer Aviation for 13 years.
Johner served as state director and deputy chief of staff for former Nebraska U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns and served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumers Services agency. Johner also served as director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Family.