Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to Europe.
The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium, and Italy in June.
Ricketts says one of the big stops on the trip will be to the European food show in Milan, Italy. Another major stop will be in Denmark to speak with officials of Danish biotechnology firm Novozymes.
“We’ve got the opportunity with the Milan trade show to be able to highlight Nebraska agricultural products, building upon this agri-business hub that the Omaha chamber study released that said we should build on that momentum; working with companies like Novozymes to try to get them to expand here in Nebraska,” according to Ricketts.
Novozymes invested $200 million to build a production facility on the Cargill biorefinery campus in the Omaha area.
Ricketts says the European Union holds promise for Nebraska on a number of different fronts, especially in agriculture and agri-business.
The trade mission will run from June 7th through the 15th. It is being organized by both the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Agriculture. DED will coordinate the Italy and Denmark stops, while NDA will be responsible for the Belgium activities, according to the governor’s office.
The governor’s office reports Nebraska exported roughly $900 million worth of goods to European Union countries in 2014. Agricultural trade dominated, making up about half that figure. Key Nebraska exports to Europe include machinery, pharmaceuticals, medicines, beef, soybeans and soymeal, and other feeds/fodders.
Ricketts says he hopes to lead two trade missions each year.