Dec. 7, 2017: Steve Wellman has been appointed as the Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture by Gov. Pete Ricketts, effective on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, Ricketts announced on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Wellman succeeds Greg Ibach, who resigned to take the post of Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wellman, 56, owns and operates a fourth-generation family farm near Syracuse, Nebraska. The farm produces soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and cattle. Wellman has also worked as a tax consultant. He has worked on the advisory board of American National Bank and the Community Memorial Hospital board of directors. Wellman has worked on several industry committees, including the Agricultural Advisory Committees for Ricketts and the Trump administration. He has also represented Nebraska’s soybean farmers at the Nebraska Soybean Association and the American Soybean Association (ASA). He has been the president and chairman of the ASA. Wellman received an associate degree in production agriculture from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He is a member of the American Farm Bureau, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen, the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Ag Builders of Nebraska, and Outstanding Farmers of America. Wellman will be paid $115,000 per year as the Nebraska Agriculture Department Director.