Nebraska officials will travel to Taiwan and Japan on a trade mission next month.
State Ag Director Greg Ibach will be on the Taiwan leg of the mission. He says both countries are good markets for Nebraska’s ag products, as is the whole Far East region.
Ibach says, “Asia, in general, has a positive trend for Nebraska agricultural exports and Taiwan is usually 10th or 11th in priority and Japan is our 3rd largest export market destination.”
Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann will lead the group on the two-week trip. One goal is to update a trade agreement signed with Taiwan three years ago that was worth $450-million in commodities.
Ibach says while Taiwan lifted feed additive restrictions on U.S. beef, those on pork remain. He’s hoping to be able to talk to the Taiwanese about that on the trip and try to convince them to lift that barrier as well.
“Taiwan has reversed some of its restrictions in the past 12 months so they are a growing beef market,” Ibach says. “We are hoping to discuss some of the other obstacles to increasing our trade with them even more.”
He says Taiwan has been a good customer of Nebraska’s corn, soybeans and wheat and Ibach adds, he’s hoping to see that continue.
The trip runs September 2nd through the 13th.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton