A delegation of Nebraska leaders will head to Asia next month on a trade trip.
Todd Sneller, head of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, will be on the leg of the mission to Japan and he plans to attend the Midwest U.S. and Japan Trade Association conference.
Sneller says he’ll talk about the biofuels industry, as he says there are many trade possibilities between the two countries.
“There’s a teriffic opportunity for co-location of advanced biofuel facilities,” Sneller says. “Many of the Japanese firms have been actively working in the mid-American states, including Nebraska, exploring where there may be opportunities for services or joint ventures.”
Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann will lead the group on the two-week trip to Japan and Taiwan. One goal is to update a trade agreement signed with Taiwan three years ago that was worth $450-million in commodities, including corn and soybeans.
Sneller says the trip is a great chance to attract new business for Nebraska and the United States.
“With Japanese automakers having a large part of the U.S. inventory today,” Sneller says, “it’s important to be able to talk about how we believe that can help address some of the issues they may be facing in terms of both fuel economy, fuel efficiency, engine efficiency, emissions, those sorts of issues which certainly they’ve been aware of for quite a long time.”
Sneller says the key to the trade mission is to continue building trade relationships. He says that paid off two and a half years ago when he met a Japanese official who is now doing business in Nebraska.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton