Nebraska Cattlemen Congratulates Greg Ibach on U.S. Senate Confirmation
LINCOLN, NE (Oct. 26, 2017) – Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is pleased to congratulate Greg Ibach, former Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director, and NC member, on his confirmation for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ibach’s nomination today by a unanimous vote.
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 agricultural economics.
The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the representative for the state’s beef cattle industry and represents professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as county and local cattlemen’s associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln with satellite offices around the state to best serve members.