LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman has announced
the hiring of Cicely Batie for the position of assistant director. Batie, who has education and
experience in agricultural economics, natural resources, and trade, began working at NDA in late

“Cicely is a native Nebraskan, growing up on her family farm northeast of Lexington, so she
understands agriculture and what the good life really means here in Nebraska,” said NDA Director
Steve Wellman. “Her experience in livestock development combined with her education in ag
economics will help grow Nebraska by growing Nebraska agriculture.”

Batie recently completed her Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of
Nebraska–Lincoln and wrote her thesis on Nebraska’s Livestock Friendly County program which is
managed by NDA. Prior to receiving her Masters’ degree, Batie worked for Senator Deb Fischer in
Washington, D.C. where she advised the Senator on agriculture, energy, environment, natural
resources, and trade policy.

“Agriculture is not only a family tradition; it’s become my professional passion. I’m excited to be a
part of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in my home state where agriculture is our number
one industry,” said Batie. “I look forward to learning more about the great work the Department does
for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers and to help capitalize on the many opportunities we have to
promote and engage with the agriculture industry.”

Batie fills the assistant director position previously held by Amelia Breinig who took an agribusiness job in the private sector. Assistant Director Batie will lead the agency’s domestic and
international promotions.

Recently, Allissa Troyer and Jon Kerrigan joined the NDA team and will work with Batie in
promotions and international trade. Troyer will focus on sales, promotions and value-added aspects
of Nebraska agricultural products within the United States, while Kerrigan will focus on sales,
promotions and value-added aspects of Nebraska agricultural products in the international