Secretary Northey Testifies in front of Congress

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Two Midwestern agriculture officials are moving closer to official roles inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thursday, Bill Northey and Greg Ibach testified to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Northey is the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, a position he's held since 2006. Ibach is the Director of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska, a position he's held since 2005.

President Donald Trump nominated Northey and Ibach for two separate USDA Undersecretary positions. Northey is nominated as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Ibach is nominated as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), said of Northey, "He does understand conservation programs and how they benefit farmers. Especially in the state of Iowa, we look forward to him taking those skills to the great United States."

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) said of Ibach, "Nebraskans should be really happy to see one of their own go there and be educating people, and frankly be making the case for why we should be doing more to feed the world."

Before Northey and Ibach can begin roles with the USDA, the Senate committee, and the full Senate must confirm them.


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