Farm Bill Editorial
Monday's Omaha World-Herald Farm Bill editorial was a strategic placement for USDA's Secretary Sonny Perdue. Mr Perdue was in town to swear-in (at the livestock exchange building) Nebraska's top ag official as one of the seven USDA undersecretaries who report directly to Perdue. Greg Ibach, (as of Monday) is the undersecretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs.
Ibach will be overseeing operations and policy development at three federal agencies within USDA: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; the Agricultural Marketing Service; and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Adminstration (GIPSA).
As a two-term member (observer) of GIPSA's advisory committees, our corn-belt constituents should not leave our regional connection to Ibach's bureaucratic appointment dormant as it relates to their input/concern over Congress and the drawn out (assumed) September 2018 current farm bill expiration.