Syracuse Farmer Appointed New Nebraska Agriculture Director

SYRACUSE – Governor Pete Ricketts has selected a Syracuse-area farmer to be the next Nebraska Agriculture Director.

Steve Wellman takes over for Greg Ibach, who was nominated to be an Undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Wellman becomes the 27th State Agriculture Director.  He and his wife Susan are fourth generation farmers, raising soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa….and having a cow-calf operation.

Wellman is a Past President and Chairman of the American Soybean Association.

:14                  “property taxes”

Wellman says agriculture supports one of every four jobs in Nebraska.  The farmer of over 30 years said there’s a lot of opportunities, along with challenges in agriculture.

:24                  “grow the state”

Governor Ricketts, during a news conference to make the announcement, said trade missions to Japan and Canada this year have promoted Nebraska agriculture, and the state has seen about $650 million in value-added agriculture investments.

:32                  “representing Nebraska”

Wellman’s appointment is the second major appointment made by Ricketts in recent days.   He previously selected Dave Rippe, of Hastings, as the new Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  That filled a position left vacant by the resignation of Courtney Dentlinger, who took a position with Nebraska Public Power District.

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