A trade mission to China Nov. 9-15, 2016, will highlight Nebraska businesses and agricultural products.
Governor Pete Ricketts says they will visit three cities in China, the state’s 4th largest trade partner.
The main focus will be attending the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair near the city of Xi’an.
“This is a premiere, five day, high-tech fair that will have 1.7 million square feet of exhibition space and will draw 1.6 million visitors,” Gov. Ricketts told reporters at a news conference announcing the trade mission.
“We’re very excited to be there and help highlight great Nebraska companies at that fair, and really develop ways that we can find those trade relationships.”
The delegation also will go to Shanghai, where the state opened a trade office in 2013, and Hong Kong during the trip.
Different members of the group will meet with business officials, chambers of commerce, government officials, and academic officials to develop relationships.
“So we can open up opportunities for our producers here in Nebraska and our businesses here in Nebraska,” Ricketts said. “And then also look to develop relationships where we might get investment to grow jobs here in Nebraska.”
State Department of Agriculture director Greg Ibach is among the more than 50 people going to China.
He says farmers and ranchers have many opportunities there.
“It’s also a complicated market for us, because we have trade barriers that exist still in China for beef access and we have issues with GM (genetically modified) approvals and gaining access for all the crops we grow here,” Ibach told reporters.
He says continuing conversations about the trade issues is important for gaining more market access.
Former Gov. Dave Heineman led a trade mission to China in August 2012. This will be Gov. Ricketts’ third international trade trip. He previously traveled to Japan and Europe.