Letters of intent signed in Taiwan, more export opportunities sought for Nebraska agricultural products
December 16, 2016
A Nebraska trade delegation, led by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, participated in an official signing ceremony in August in Taipei, Taiwan to sign letters of intent to purchase more than $400 million in Nebraska agricultural products.
The purchases included wheat, corn, soybeans, distiller's grain, beef and pork.
The letters were signed by Ibach, representing the state, Nebraska Farm Bureau president
Steve Nelson, representing Nebraska commodity boards, and representatives of various Taiwanese meat, grain and export/import associations.
Also representing Nebraska at the signing ceremony were Von Johnson, board member, Nebraska Wheat Board and Richard Shrunk, board member, Nebraska Beef Council .
"These letters further strengthen our bond with Taiwan as a highly-valued trade partner," Ibach said. "This trip has allowed us to showcase Nebraska's quality agriculture products and continue discussions on how we can open additional trade opportunities in the future."
Prior to the signing ceremony, a meeting was held with representatives from the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
The letter of intent includes purchases of Nebraska beef and pork products which have not been included in previous agreements. The delegation will participate in various promotions of Nebraska meat products and have the opportunity to receive customer feedback.
"Anytime we can continue to bolster our exports of beef from Nebraska that's a move in right direction for all agriculture," Shrunk said. "We are very proud to be part of this event and look forward to continued success in this Taiwan market."❖