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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced more good news in Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture.  In 2017, Nebraska increased its total beef exports by 12 percent and its total pork exports by 20 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’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,” said Governor Ricketts.  “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 Nebraska’s largest industry.  Nebraska’s 2017 total beef exports of $1.26 billion make it the largest beef exporting state in the U.S. for the second year in a row.  This is Nebraska’s fourth year in a row with more than $1 billion in beef exports.  Nebraska is a national leader in every aspect of the beef industry:  cow/calf, backgrounding, corn, cattle feeding and processing.

The 2017 total pork exports of $479 million make Nebraska the fifth largest state in the U.S. in terms of pork exports.

“We are seeing steady gains in the beef trade and even larger gains in pork growth,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman.  “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.”

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report showing Nebraska has grown in the total number of cattle in the state.  The report also notes that Nebraska leads the nation in cattle on feed.

“Congratulations to Nebraska’s cattle producers on achieving the distinction of the most cattle on feed of any state.  Consistent focus on opening new markets, like China, and telling the story of Nebraska beef through international promotion efforts are supporting growth in the industry.  We look forward to continued partnership with industry leaders to help create more opportunities to grow our state’s number one industry and the Beef State.”

“Nebraska beef producers are second to none, weathering challenges while continually growing the herd statewide.  Our 6.8 million cattle demonstrate our commitment to the industry we love and continue to grow.  Nebraska agriculture as a whole enables the state’s cattle industry to flourish,” said Galen Frenzen, Nebraska Cattlemen President.

“I am pleased that the number of cattle in Nebraska continues to grow.  Nebraska is known around the world for producing high-quality beef products, so it is only fitting that we lead the nation in this category,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman.  “The dedication of Nebraska cattlemen in producing top-quality beef products works hand in hand with the synergy of the state’s corn and ethanol sectors.”