Governor Ricketts announces trade mission with UK and Ireland


LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference Monday morning with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (ADA) to announce the opening of trade with the UK and Ireland.

Ricketts discussed a new trade mission with the UK and Ireland and the benefits of a US-UK Free Trade Agreement.

“Trade is very important to the state of Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts said. “In any given year, we will export approximately $10 billion worth of goods and services. 95% of the world’s consumers are outside our borders, so we have to reach out to them. »

Ricketts said exports are in good standing for Nebraska, citing $1.63 billion in beef exports in 2021 (for 11 months), which he said was higher than all previous years, citing 2018 as the previous record holder of $1.44 billion.

Governor Ricketts added that the United States alone exported $14.43 billion worth of corn, more corn exported than in 2019 and 2020 combined.

Nebraska is the top contributor to U.S. beef exports to the European Union according to Ricketts, with Nebraska accounting for 40% of the nation’s total beef exports.

Ricketts said investments in Nebraska by the UK and Ireland have created 6,000 jobs. According to the statement from the governor’s office, UK-based companies also employ 4,494 Nebraskans in 21 communities across the state.

“This is a great opportunity for Nebraska companies looking to explore or expand in the international marketplace,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins, “At the same time, they will help us represent the industries of our state and expand its global footprint.The resulting investments and partnerships will help strengthen our economy for years to come.

Ricketts said if anyone is interested in participating in the Aug. 20-28 trade mission, they can email [email protected] for more information. Space is limited, according to the release.

“The UK and Ireland are key trading partners for Nebraska,” said Ricketts, “Strengthening ties with both countries will raise our state’s profile in Europe and encourage new investment in our communities. I am excited about the mission and its great potential to develop Nebraska.

See the full press conference below.


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