Nebraska agriculture was showcased at the World’s Gulfood Show earlier this month. There were 25 delegates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, commodity groups, state government and private industry who visited the United Arab Emirates and Jordan on a trade mission from May 8 to February 19.
Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen was among the delegates at the trade mission. Evnen told KLIN News, “We went to the World Expo which is held in Dubai. It takes place once every five years. The United States has a pavilion there that they built. In the pavilion, Nebraska is one of two agricultural states that were featured. On top of that, the Gulfood Show was going on. This is the largest food show in the world, so our delegates had the opportunity to visit a variety of vendors there.
The aim was to promote international trade and the international exchange of education and culture. Mission topics included agricultural technology which included water use, value-added agricultural products, food preparation, pest control, network security, and entrepreneurs in other sectors. Experts from the University of Nebraska gave presentations that showed research in the areas of cattle production, water management, and precision irrigation. University leaders are also meeting with representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Evnen says: “In Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, the focus is on food security. With the University who can share with these countries our advances in agricultural technology and with our commodity groups who can supply the products to these countries themselves, it was a very good time to visit.
Expo 2020 Dubai took place from February 8 to 13. The Gulfood Show in Dubai was held from February 13 to 17.