(Neb)-Gov Ricketts Hosts Israeli Ag Minister
LINCOLN, Neb - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts hosted Israel's Minister of Agriculture at the State Capitol yesterday. Minister Uri Ariel's Nebraska visit was part of a five-state tour that also includes Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Indiana.
Governor Ricketts said he and Minister Ariel discussed opportunities for increased collaboration in the agro-tech industry.
Meeting with reporters, Governor Ricketts called Israel "one of Nebraska's greatest friend, and a growing market for our quality products," a partnership that is expanding opportunities for both the people of Nebraska and Israel.
Ariel said many of his colleagues "have understood the map of the USA to be centered around major cities like Washington, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, etc.," so he wanted to make sure he got a first-hand look America's leading agriculture states and to explore opportunities for new and stronger cooperation with them.
Nebraska exported over $31 million worth of goods to Israel last year, up from $27.5 million in 2014, including $1.4-million dollars in beef. In 2016, Nebraska exported the first significant shipment of U-S beef to Israel in 13 years, resulting in 100 new jobs in Nebraska.
Lt. Governor Mike Foley and assistant state ag director Mat Habrock traveled to Israel in 2016 to celebrate the reopening of the U.S. beef market and welcome the first shipment of beef from the processing plant in Hastings.
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