WASHINGTON -- A Nebraska agricultural representative now has a seat at the table in Washington.

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue was named to the Agricultural Advisory Committee, which advises the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

In this role, McHargue will be tasked with facilitating communication between the CFTC and the agricultural community, including Farm Bureau members and leaders. He will also be charged with providing insight and recommendations to the CFTC.

“Mark McHargue will join the CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee at an important time,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “His experience with both farming and financial services makes him well suited to advise on issues facing agriculture including climate, sustainability and cryptocurrency. He will be a strong representative for AFBF and America’s farmers.”

Once confirmed, McHargue will represent the Farm Bureau on the AAC for a two-year term.

“The job of U.S. farmers and ranchers is more complex than ever," McHargue said. "Aside from producing the food, fiber and fuel for our nation and world, they must be conservationists, accountants, geneticists, agronomists and even marketing specialists, to name a few...I look forward to helping the commission work through the many issues and challenges facing our farm and ranch families.” 

McHargue is a farmer originally from Central City. He is a past Merrick County Farm Bureau president. He has also been an active member of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.