Beef and pork exports in Nebraska rose last year.
In 2017, Nebraska total beef exports grew by 12% and total pork exports grew by 20%, according to the USDA’s Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).
“This impressive growth in Nebraska’s beef and pork exports shows how effective international trade is to growing our state,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a written statement released by the governor’s office. “Nebraska producers always deliver high-quality products at competitive prices, and we will continue to open new markets and strengthen existing business so the producers in this state can keep feeding the world and growing Nebraska’s ag economy.”
Beef production is the largest industry in Nebraska. Exports of Nebraska beef totaled $1.26 billion last year. Nebraska has been the top beef exporting state for two years in a row. Nebraska beef exports have topped $1 billion for four years in a row. Nebraska is a national leader in every aspect of the beef industry: cow/calf, backgrounding, corn, cattle feeding, and processing.
Nebraska pork exports totaled $479 million last year. Nebraska ranks 5th among the states in total pork exports.
“We are seeing steady gains in the beef trade and even larger gains in pork growth,” State Agriculture Director Steve Wellman said in a written statement. “Nebraska farmers and ranchers take great pride in the beef and pork they produce. Consumers around the world expect high-quality ag products from Nebraska and the increase in export numbers show that Nebraska producers are exceeding expectations.”