Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach is said to be in the running for a top post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Politico reports that several unnamed sources say Ibach is being considered, which would put yet another Midwestern farmer at the top of the department. Ibach has led the Nebraska Agriculture Department since 2005. Politico speculates that Ibach is most likely in the running for undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, which oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney are reported to be in the running for the newly created undersecretary posts for domestic farm services and trade, respectively. Also, Iowa economist Sam Clovis, a longtime Trump ally, is said to be the pick for the undersecretary for research, education, and economics.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.