Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director discusses recent United States trade developments

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 10:59 AM CDT
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For Nebraska producers, maintaining strong trade relationships with other countries is essential.

There have been some major developments dealing with trade this week, as the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with Argentina that opens another market for U.S. agricultural products.

The agreement will restore trade access for U.S. pork to Argentina for the first time since 1992.

“This new opportunity for Nebraska pork producers provides access to new consumers for the high quality pork raised in Nebraska,” said Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director. “Other countries in Central and South America have already shown strong demand and this can only enhance the sales in the region.”

In addition, South Korea has lifted a ban on imports of U.S. poultry and eggs, allowing American farmers to resume sales.

“While many Nebraskans don’t think that’s a big export opportunity for us, we are the second largest egg breaking state in the nation, so we send a lot of egg products all around the world,” Ibach said.

Finally, U.S. rice will have more market access to the fourth largest country in South America after a new agreement with the government of Colombia.

Along with these developments, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Trade Delegation recently returned from a trade mission to Canada.

The mission highlighted the positive relationship Nebraska has developed with Canada.

“I think lots of time we don’t do enough to thank people for the business we do with them,” Ibach said. “While the discussion is going on with NAFTA, we’ve done some things to reach out to Mexico and this was an opportunity for us to go up to Canada and not only thank them for the business we do, but ask them for more business in the future.”

The trip came at a very important time as negotiations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico began in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.

Ibach said all these developments are positive for Nebraska and the agriculture industry.

“It shows that the Trump Administration is making some great strides to open markets all around the world for U.S. agriculture,” he added.

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