The Senate Ag Committee continued to work through its slug of nominations to various USDA posts on Thursday, this time focusing Greg Ibach of Nebraska and Bill Northey of Iowa. Ibach has been nominated to fill the roll of USDA Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs while Northey has been tapped as the next Undersecretary of Farm and Foreign Ag Services. A current bill will ultimately change that title to Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation.
As expected, the confirmation hearings were pretty straightforward. Senate Ag Chair, Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan wasted no time in pointing out what they thought should be Northey’s number one priority if he’s confirmed:
Stabenow then picked up on the theme during her opening remarks, giving a glimpse at what we might see proposed for the upcoming farm bill:
As for the questioning, it when something like this:
Senate Ag Committee members will have until 5 pm tomorrow to submit any remaining questions for the nominees and Roberts pledged to expedite a vote as much as possible. Neither Ibach or Northey are expected to have a major problem once they face a full Senate vote.