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Ricketts says trade mission to Mexico strengthened relationships

February 20, 2019

Gov. Pete Ricketts said Tuesday his recent trade mission to Mexico focused on “strengthening our business and trade relationships with public officials” in an effort to expand trade opportunities.

“Mexico is Nebraska’s second-largest trading partner and a critical market for our agricultural products,” the governor said.

The visit marked Ricketts’ second trade mission to Mexico in two years.

Priority objectives on the trade mission ranged from creating new export opportunities for Nebraska farmers, ranchers and businesses to encouraging Mexican companies to invest in Nebraska, a news release from the governor’s office stated.

The trade delegation also voiced support for bilateral trade between Mexico and the United States.

“This trade mission allowed us to continue showcasing Nebraska agricultural products to our neighbors in Mexico, our second largest agricultural export market,” Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman said.

Representatives from the Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska-based companies, including Tenaska, Lincoln Industries, Union Pacific and Werner Enterprises, participated in the trade mission.

Mexico is the largest market for Nebraska corn, wheat, meat and dairy products and the second-largest market for soybeans and sorghum.

The trip marked Ricketts’ seventh international trade mission.