Nelson says one of the council’s goals is to build on relationships with Nebraska’s global customers.
“Nebraska has worked hard for a long time to continue to develop those trade relationships that are so important in many parts of the world,” Nelson says. “This is an opportunity to raise to a higher level that importance. That’s something Governor Ricketts understands very well.”
Agricultural, business and education groups are all represented on the panel. Nelson says having all three entities involved is a good way to expand the state’s reach into international markets which generate billions of dollars a year.
“It really does all go together, business, agriculture, it’s really all one in Nebraska,” Nelson says. “From our trading partners’ perspective, it makes a lot of sense, too, because when they look at doing business with Nebraska, they’re looking oftentimes at agricultural-related kinds of things.”
Nelson says one of the first priorities for the council is pushing ahead with a bilateral trade deal with Japan.
“The governor’s planning a trade mission to Japan later this year,” Nelson says. “That’s a very good thing to be looking at. There’s lot of other components to that trade mission as well, but certainly from the farmer/rancher perspective, that opportunity to increase trade with Japan in the area of beef is very, very important.”
Governor Ricketts says council members will use their existing relationships to help other Nebraska groups that want to expand overseas.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton