Omaha hopes to benefit from Nebraska’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the top five agri-business leaders in the world.
Senior Vice President Randy Thelen with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the city a global leader in food processing, biofuels, and bio-chemicals.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth of the Cargill campus up in Blair over the years,” Thelen told reporters during the 27th annual Governor Agriculture Conference in Kearney. “We want to see that to continue to grow and we see a new wave of investment taking place across the country in that space and we want to be a leader in that.”
Thelen said precision agriculture will need those who can help manage the huge amount of data needed.
“How can we best translate the data that is being collected today in a meaningful way that provides better abilities to manage the farms, manage these businesses around the world; not just here locally, but around the world?”
Thelen said it only makes sense that the urban areas of Nebraska would attempt to build off the strong foundation laid by agriculture.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this report.