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President Donald Trump intends to nominate Greg Ibach as the USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, according to a release from the White House.

Ibach is the director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Sen. Deb Fischer said in a release that she's happy with Trump's decision and is "pleased the president accepted my recommendation of such an impressive Nebraskan."

Ibach is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus who spent much of his career at Farm Credit Services before holding several roles within the state Department of Agriculture. He's spent the last 12 years as the department's director.

He runs a cow/calf and grain operation in Sumner. 

Gov. Pete Ricketts congratulated Ibach, saying in a news release that he looks forward to continuing to work with Ibach, who will be a resource for Nebraska as well as the USDA.

“During his 12 years as director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Greg helped grow Nebraska by building the Nebraska brand and Nebraska’s international trade relationships,” Rickets said.

After the president makes a formal nomination, the Senate will vote to confirm Ibach.

The USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs supervises policy development and day-to-day operations of the Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

Ricketts noted that Ibach will bring broad experience to his new role from his work with Nebraska’s animal and plant health programs, as well as the livestock disease traceability program.

Sen. Ben Sasse commended Ibach.

"A Nebraskan through and through, Greg has served our state well, and I have full faith that he will serve America with the same skill and hard work," Sasse said in a news release. "Nebraska's farmers and ranchers congratulate Greg and his family on the President's decision to invite him to this new calling."

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