Despite opposition from animal rights group, Ibach to head ag dept.

 POSTED BY:   KLKN Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have confirmed Greg Ibach as director of Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture, despite criticism that his agency hasn’t done enough to clamp down on illegal puppy mills.

Senators voted 29-2 on Friday to confirm Ibach, who was re-appointed to the job by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Animal welfare groups urged lawmakers last month not to confirm him, saying his department failed to regularly inspect and follow up on inhumane puppy mills.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says he’s not convinced Ibach will make good on his promises to improve oversight, and is vowing to keep watch on the department.

Sen. Jerry Johnson of Wahoo, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, says Ibach has served the state well despite the department’s shortcomings.