Governor Ricketts to Lead Trade Mission to UK and Ireland in August | KLIN


Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced plans Monday morning for a new trade mission to the UK and Ireland from August 20-28. “Trade is very important to the state of Nebraska. In any given year, we will export $10 billion worth of goods and services,” says Ricketts.

“Obviously it has been a challenge with the pandemic to be able to travel. Overall most of our trips were cut short. The trip coincides with Nebraska’s football season opener against Northwestern in Dublin.

Ricketts says Nebraska is responsible for 40% of the country’s total beef exports to the European Union. “The UK and Ireland are key trading partners for Nebraska,”

Data from the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Ag Service show that Nebraska’s exports to the UK and Ireland totaled around $1.065 billion between 2010 and 2020.

NDA Director Steve Wellman said he saw room for growth in Nebraska’s agricultural exports to the UK and Ireland, and he encouraged the farming and ranching community to attend.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says there is plenty of room for growth in agricultural exports to the UK and Ireland, especially beef, pork, corn and distillers’ grains. “Farmers and ranchers are in the best position to tell the story of Nebraska agriculture and show consumers and agribusiness leaders the quality agricultural products Nebraska has to offer. I encourage Nebraska agriculture representatives to consider joining us on this upcoming trade mission.

UK-based companies also employ around 4,500 Nebraskans in 21 communities across the state. Companies interested in participating in the trade mission should contact DED’s Cobus Block at [email protected] to apply.


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