(Neb)-Gov Proclaims May As Beef Month Listen
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts yesterday signed a proclamation celebrating May as Beef Month to highlight the importance of the cattle industry to the state.
Ricketts said Nebraska's claim to being the Beef State is backed up by the facts: #1 in commercial cattle slaughter, #1 in cattle on feed, and #1 in beef exports.
Nebraska's top beef export markets last year were Japan at $372.9 million and South Korea at $252.9 million. Exports to Japan jumped 26% following a sharp reduction of Japanese tariffs, accounting for a good portion of the state's overall 12% in beef exports.
Ricketts says while the export numbers alone show the importance of the cattle industry to Nebraska, a closer look shows how the beef industry impacts nearly every corner of the state's economy.
Joining Ricketts for the proclamation were state Ag Director Steve Wellman, Nebraska Cattlemen President Galen Frenzen, and Nebraska Beef Council Vice Chair Dawn Caldwell
Frenzen told the audience "there are a lot of unsung heroes who put their heart and soul into producing the best beef in the world," adding that "whether you're fixing fence on a ranch, delivering feed to the cattle, or hauling the beef to restaurants, everyone's important."
Director Wellman said the continued growth of the beef industry in Nebraska and its top rankings confirm what resident have known for years: that delicious Nebraska beef is being enjoyed by consumers here at home and around the world.
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