Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen, along with 25 delegates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska commodity groups, state government and private industry, will travel to the Emirates Arab States and Jordan on a trade mission this month.
The Secretary of State, in coordination with the Governor, has the statutory responsibility to promote international commerce and the international exchange of education and culture. The wide-ranging members of this trade mission include university professors, representatives of agricultural commodity groups and private sector companies involved in agricultural technology, including water use, value-added agricultural products , pest control for food preparation, network security and contractors in other industries as well.
“I am very proud of this fine delegation who will skillfully represent the Middle East and I am grateful to the many sponsors who have made this possible,” said Secretary Evnen.
UNL researchers will be presenting at Gulfood, the world’s largest food show. Nebraska is one of only two states that the US Embassy in Dubai has invited to a special showcase, which includes a Taste of Nebraska event. UNL experts from across the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will give presentations at the show on Husker research in the areas of beef production; water management and precision irrigation; food preparation; and the Food for Health Center, which seeks to improve human health by linking agriculture and food production to wellness and disease prevention through microbiome research.
Additionally, the UNL delegation will meet with university leaders and representatives from across the UAE and Jordan, and the UNL Faculty of Animal Science will also hold meat cutting demonstrations and presentations. on the production of Nebraska beef at several leading culinary schools.
“Nebraska is known for its contributions to food and sustainably feeding a growing world. Our farmers and ranchers are both the engine of Nebraska’s vibrant and profitable agricultural production systems and stewards of the state’s abundant natural resources – our soil, air and water,” said Mike Boehm, Vice president of the University of Nebraska and vice chancellor of Harlan for the University. from the Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “This trip underscores the important role Nebraska plays on the world agricultural scene.”
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State press release