Ben Sasse Meets with Ag Leaders and U.S. Trade Representative Nominee

LINCOLN, NE — Governor Pete Ricketts has made note in the past that Nebraska benefits from about $10 billion in annual exports with $6.6 billion being related to agriculture.

On Thursday Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after convening a meeting with Robert Lighthizer, nominee to lead the U.S. Trade Representative office.

During the meeting Sasse said, “Free trade is a clear-cut win for Nebraska. I’m glad that some of Nebraska’s agriculture leaders brought their perspective directly to the U.S. Trade Representative nominee Lighthizer. Nebraska feeds the world and, to continue on that mission, we need to build trade networks around the globe.”

Lighthizer and Sasse were were joined by leaders from Nebraska agriculture, including Nebraska Farm Bureau President, Steve Nelson and Nebraska Cattlemen President Troy Stowater among others.

Free trade creates new networks and opportunities can for Nebraskans, especially farmers.

According to Stowater, it’s certain that U.S. red meat production will be at a new all-time high in 2017 and 2018, which calls for an immediate need to take advantage of export opportunities with global trading partners.

Agriculture leaders say the industry needs to be given every opportunity to succeed.

Free Trade Agreements have helped fuel rapid export growth from Nebraska to partner countries. One in Five jobs in Nebraska depend on it.

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