Nebraska exported $1 billion of beef in 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reported the state exported more than $1 billion in beef to international markets in the first 11 months of 2014. That number set a new record for the state.

“Nebraska farmers, ranchers, feedlot operators and processors work hard to produce high-quality beef products that are recognized around the world. That hard work has been rewarded, as we are seeing significant growth in East Asian markets and also in several emerging markets,” said Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. “We are optimistic for a continued upward trend in 2015.”

Ibach said the value of beef muscle cut exports have increased 250 percent since 2009. He said the total volume of beef exports also have doubled during that same period. The state has seen a whopping increase in exported beef from $409 million in 2009 to more than $1 billion in 2014.

Gov. Pete Ricketts also chimed in on the news.

“Export activity like what we are seeing in the beef sector is exactly what we need to keep our Nebraska economy moving in the right direction,” Ricketts said. “I am excited to further our state’s export efforts for all Nebraska agricultural goods.”

The agriculture department reported Nebraska beef is especially popular throughout Europe, and in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. While Americans are not as keen on beef livers and tongues, that state exported $93 million in those products in 2014, an increase from $32.2 million worth of beef livers and tongue exported in 2009.

“The reputation of Nebraska beef continues to grow, and we find customers seeking us out for further information on our state,” Ibach said. “Nebraska’s beef sector should be proud of reaching this new $1 billion export high.”

Source: Nebraska Ag Connection

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