Nebraska agricultural leaders held a two-day trade forum in Washington D.C. last week, meeting with representatives from China, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Argentina.
Nebraska Ag Department Director Steve Wellman says he’s working with our trading partners to overcome the recent upheaval caused by threats of tariffs.
“There is a lot of uncertainty amongst everyone involved with international trade,” Wellman says. “The key for us is to continue on with the relationships we have and to let our customers know that we’re here to provide product for them.”
Wellman says international markets for Nebraska ag products — mainly soybeans, beef and pork — have been growing and he hopes that continues.
“Our farmers and ranchers are really great at producing these products,” Wellman says. “They’re not only born and raised and fed Nebraska products, they’re processed here and packaged here and shipped straight from Nebraska in most cases. You can’t beat the quality.”
Wellman says Nebraska has a lot in common with the countries represented at the forum.
“We’re looking for better market access than we have in some of our export markets,” Wellman says. “That’s really the driver of some of the discussion that’s taken place. We hope for an outcome that provides increased market access so we can continue to move Nebraska agricultural products.”
Wellman says over one-fourth of Nebraska’s ag receipts come from exports.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton