Gregory Ibach was confirmed by the Senate as USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) on October 26, 2017.
In his role as the Under Secretary, Mr. Ibach carries out the mission area’s broad task of facilitating domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products, and ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. MRP agencies, which include the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, are active participants in setting national and international standards.
Before becoming Under Secretary, Mr. Ibach served as Nebraska’s Director of Agriculture since June 2005. As Director, he implemented a proactive approach Department-wide to analyze issues, develop strategies, and create solutions for domestic and global initiatives that would support Nebraska agriculture. Mr. Ibach also had oversight of Nebraska’s plant and animal heath regulatory functions. He has been actively involved in foreign and domestic marketing and development activities for the better part of his career.
Mr. Ibach has been inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and the Block and Bridle Hall of Fame, and has been honored with the Service to Agriculture Recognition from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources. He is also a former President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Mr. Ibach earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska with majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Teresa, have three grown children and still consider their farm and ranch in Sumner, Nebraska to be home.