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Ibach, Andriessen to Receive USMEF Awards
Nebraska Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has announced the recipients of its Michael J. Mansfield Award and Distinguished Service Award. Both awards will be presented Nov. 7 at the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Greg Ibach, USDA's under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, will receive the Mansfield Award, which is presented in honor of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Michael J. Mansfield, who helped form the foundation for U.S. trade relations throughout the world.

Prior to his appointment at USDA, Ibach served as director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture from 2005 to 2017, where he was a tireless advocate for international promotion of U.S. red meat products. He first became involved with USMEF as a member of the Nebraska Beef Council and through his service on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.

"I'm truly honored and humbled to receive the Mansfield Award. My working relationship with USMEF goes back more than 25 years, and I've been fortunate to have an active role in promoting U.S. red meat globally for a very long time," Ibach said. "While the benefits to individual beef and pork producers are fairly obvious, I have seen firsthand how investing in promotions for these value-added exports delivers significant returns for corn and soybean farmers, truckers, processors and many others throughout the U.S. agricultural economy."

The USMEF Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the pursuit of USMEF's export goals. This year's honoree is Roel Andriessen, who served as USMEF chair in 2015-2016 and is a former chair of the USMEF Exporter Committee. Andriessen was actively involved in the organization for much of his career in the meat industry, which spanned nearly 40 years prior to his retirement from Tyson Fresh Meats, where he headed the international sales group. Andriessen started in his family's international meat and poultry business in the Netherlands and later continued the business in Kansas. In 1978, he moved to IBP which was subsequently acquired by Tyson Foods.

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