The president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau is home now after a trade trip to South America. Steve Nelson of Axtell was part of a delegation of producers from Nebraska and other states who visited Peru and Panama.
Nelson says the people in those nations like the ag products that have made Nebraska famous.
“There’s a lot of restaurants featuring meat products from the United States,” Nelson says. “There’s a great desire to have the high-quality meat that we produce here in Nebraska, so that’s a very good thing.”
Nebraska’s beef industry alone is worth about five-billion dollars a year.
Nelson feels there is a lot of potential in the future for those in the Nebraska ag industry to work with their counterparts in Panama and Peru.
“One thing we often overlook is the fact that in different parts of the world, people eat different parts of the animal,” he says. “There are products that we don’t use a lot in the United States that are used both in Peru and Panama and all of that adds value to what we do here in Nebraska.”
The trip was arranged by the United States Meat Export Federation. Others participants were from Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota and Montana.
By Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice