Ibach Sworn in, Northey Still on Hold for USDA

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue traveled to Omaha yesterday to swear-in new Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach in his home state.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Perdue expressed his disappointment that Bill Northey was not also being sworn in at the same time, after his nomination was put on hold last week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an apparent attempt to retaliate against the administration for bowing to pressure from ethanol states like Iowa on changes to the RFS.

Audio file – Secretary Perdue swear-in opening comments

During a press conference, Perdue was asked about the recent letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to biofuel-supporting senators regarding proposed changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Audio file – Secretary Perdue comments on Pruitt RFS decision