In his new role, Ibach will supervise the policy development
and day-to-day operations of three federal agencies within USDA: Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which facilitates the
Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program; the Agricultural Marketing
Service (AMS), which implements livestock mandatory price reporting
(LMR); and the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration
(GIPSA), which oversees the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat,
cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products.
"APHIS, AMS and GIPSA all have tremendous impact and
importance to Nebraska's livestock producers and Nebraska Cattlemen
looks forward to working with Under Secretary Ibach in his new role,"
said Troy Stowater, NC President.
NC also thanks Ibach for his 18 years of service with the
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). After spending 6 years as the
Assistant Director, Ibach transitioned into the Director role in June
2005. Under Ibach's watch at NDA, nearly every sector of Nebraska
agriculture experienced growth and expansion, including the state's
livestock industry. He has championed the state's Livestock Friendly
County program, and the number of counties receiving the designation
continues to grow. He also is a strong supporter of the Nebraska
Livestock Siting Assessment Matrix, and has tirelessly promoted the
expansion of Nebraska beef into multiple foreign export markets,
including Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea and China.
Ibach continues to maintain a cow/calf and grain operation
near Sumner. He holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from
the University of Nebraska, with majors in animal science and