Governor launches international trade initiative

Hats off to Governor Pete Ricketts and a couple state agencies for formalizing an approach to international trade.

Nebraska governors have been leading trade missions to other countries for at least three decades, but the Ricketts’ plan unveiled during his second annual Summit on Economic Development in Lincoln, creates a Council for International Relations in conjunction with the departments of agriculture and economic development.

Is this a big deal? The export of more than $6 billion in agricultural products in 2015, more than 25 percent of the state’s agricultural cash receipts, makes it a big deal. The fact that it brings together business, agriculture and education groups to expand overseas trade opportunities and new international partnerships is reassuring.


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