Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that the state increased its total beef exports by 12% and its total pork exports by 20% in 2017.
“This impressive growth in Nebraska’s beef and pork exports shows how effective international trade is to growing our state,” Ricketts said. “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, and total 2017 exports of $1.26 billion make it the largest beef exporting state in the U.S. for the second year in a row. It is also the state’s fourth year in a row with more than $1 billion in beef exports.
Total 2017 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,” Nebraska Department of Agriculture director Steve Wellman said. “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.”