Alumni Greg Ibach is 2018 Block and Bridle honoree
Written by: Tom BurkeyGreg Ibach of Sumner, Neb. will be recognized as the newest University of Nebraska–Lincoln Block and Bridle honoree. Each year the Block and Bridle Club selects an honoree that has contributed to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects, community activities and involvement with the university.
Ibach, a fifth-generation farmer and rancher, currently serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs where he sets national standards for the marketing of U.S. agricultural products, and the health and care of animals and plants. He began his professional career working for Farm Credit Services of America. In 1989 Ibach and his wife Teresa returned to the family farm. They served on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmer Rancher Committee and Ibach was elected for two terms on the Nebraska Beef Council. Greg was on the Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association when he was appointed to be Assistant Director of Agriculture by then Governor Mike Johanns and later was appointed Director by Governors Dave Heineman and Pete Ricketts. Ibach is Nebraska’s longest serving Director of Agriculture serving more than 12-years in this role.
Most of Ibach’s career has aligned with the Block and Bridle Club’s core objectives, which are; 1) to promote a higher scholastic standard and a more complete understanding of Animal Science among student members; 2) to promote animal agriculture through development of a program of activities that will supplement students' study of the animal sciences; 3) to enhance professionalism of students who will one day be leaders in the animal agriculture industry; and 4) to bring about a closer relationship among all students pursuing some phase of animal agriculture as a profession. ( To continue reading, click on ...more.)more Alumni Stories