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Nine agreements with Asia for Nebraska’s farmers

Staff Writer |
Governor Pete Ricketts' trade mission to China, Hong Kong, and Macau led to the signing of nine agreements to bolster markets for Nebraska beef and pork.

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The trade delegation included state officials from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Nebraska Department of Economic Development, farmers and ranchers, and representatives from the University of Nebraska and Nebraska businesses.

“With China’s growing middle class, there are many opportunities here for Nebraska farmers and ranchers to grow markets for our high-quality commodities and food products,” said Governor Ricketts.

This trade mission followed a recent announcement by Chinese officials about their plans to reopen the beef trade between China and the United States. China had previously banned importation of American beef in 2003.

Hong Kong has purchased and promoted Nebraska beef and continues to expand their markets. In 2015, Hong Kong was Nebraska’s sixth largest export market, accounting for $234 million in goods purchased from Nebraska with approximately 80 percent being exported food products.

“To prepare for China’s first purchases of U.S. beef in more than a decade, Nebraska officials are working closely with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office,” said NDA Director Greg Ibach.

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