Governor Heineman announces that Nebraska will head to Asia on two trade missions this month.
Heineman says Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will leave for Taiwan and Hong Kong Tuesday with a small delegation. The group from Nebraska will be there for a little more than a week, following up on the $500 million deal made with Taiwan last year for the purchase of corn, soybeans and wheat. Delegates will also push for an increase in the purchase of Nebraska pork and beef. The trade mission will last from August 9th to the 17th.
The second trade mission will be led by State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, a shorter mission to Beijing, China August 18th through the 20th. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission will partner with the USDA and the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology in an educational seminar promoting the consumption of dry edible beans into the Chinese diet. Ibach explains that by consuming more dry beans, even those domestically grown, will reduce the competition in the international market, allowing Nebraska to sell more dry beans.
Last year, Hong Kong was Nebraska’s 6th largest agricultural trade partner. Twain was 7th.