Growing trade between Nebraska and Europe

This week, I’m leading a delegation to Germany to grow trade between Nebraska and the European Union (EU). Our delegation includes the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the University of Nebraska, ag producers, business leaders, and several other members. Together, we’ll promote Nebraska products and machinery, thank companies that have created jobs in Nebraska, and invite German firms to invest in our state.

Germany has the largest population and biggest economy of the EU’s member states. Germany is the world’s fourthbiggest economy. Strengthening Nebraska’s connections there is an important part of my administration’s strategy to grow Nebraska globally. In total, the EU purchased $1.2 billion of Nebraska exports in 2018, including $245 million of soybeans. Because of its economic strength, Germany has significant influence over EU trade policies. During our mission, we are meeting with key leaders in Germany’s government, both at the federal and local levels, to discuss ways to reduce trade barriers to Nebraska agricultural exports.

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