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USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach to Speak at PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit

Event Features Leading Dairy and Food Chain Experts Dec. 19-20 in Madison, Wis.

DAIRY NEWS – Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been added to the top-notch line-up of speakers at the 2018 PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit presented by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). Under Secretary Ibach will present at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, kicking off the second day of the Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison, Wis.

In his role as Under Secretary, Ibach’s main mission is to facilitate domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensure the health and care of animals and plants. He oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service Agency and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Agency.

Before his appointment as Under Secretary in October 2017, Ibach served as the Director of Agriculture in Nebraska since June 2005. As Director, he had oversight of Nebraska’s plant and animal heath regulatory functions and has been actively involved in foreign and domestic marketing and development activities for the better part of his career. Ibach is also a former President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

“Mr. Ibach was brought onto the Summit line-up to give producers and allied industry the timely answers and insights on today’s dairy marketing and export reality, as well as set the expectation and the plan for 2019 and beyond,” said Cassandra Strupp, PDPW Program Manager.

Ibach joins a full slate of dairy experts, food system panelists, government, regulatory and food industry key thought leaders who will share perspectives on the most pressing issues facing farms, rural communities and the food system. The Summit will be attended by dairy farmers, industry CEOs, food system department executives, key decision makers and thought leaders from across the food value chain.

The Summit is open for one-day or two-day registration and features an agenda of national experts on the economic, trade, regulatory and food system topics that are critical to today’s dairy industry. The Summit will run from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 19, and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 20.

The PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit is an accredited training and offers up to 8.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.

To learn more about the program and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #FoodandPolicy2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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