A trade trip to Europe next week will highlight Nebraska agriculture.
Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, wants to continue to tell European Union partners about Nebraska’s “safe, quality meat products.”
“Following up on some of the governor’s contacts from last year and also expanding and increasing our desire to drive our percent of the market share in the European market as far as Nebraska beef versus U.S. beef,” Ibach told reporters.
He said they also will promote the state’s pork and corn products.
Last year’s trip to Europe included stops in Italy, Belgium, and Denmark. Next week, the delegation will visit London, Brussels and Amsterdam.
Nebraska Cattlemen President Barb Cooksley said after making a trip to Japan last year, she knows international markets want Nebraska beef.
“I’m going again as Nebraska Cattlemen’s president, but they wanted a cow-calf producer who is also a wife and a mother to talk to folks,” Cooksley said.
The trip is less than a year after Governor Pete Ricketts led the last trade mission to Europe.
He said it is important to tell the story of Nebraska agricultural products as well as how farm and ranch operations work.
“To help educate the folks in the European Union, not only about the great farmers and ranchers we have, but just highlighting the scientific research we have,” Ricketts said.
State Ag Department officials will be joined by representatives of the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.
The Corn Board is funding the trip, which is being planned in conjunction with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.