JOHNSON-Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts paid to a visit to Cornhusker Beef near Johnson where Derek and Doug Grotrian informed the Governor of their operation not only in Johnson but their storefront in Nebraska City as well.
Governor Ricketts spoke about how the operation is taking advantage of high-quality beef, and meeting an ever growing market of people who want to know where their food comes from.
“I think what this demonstrates is the great entrepreneurial spirit of our folks here in Nebraska. Our farmers and ranchers are generally all independent business people. Here you’ve got an example with what Derek and Doug are doing to be able to, if you think about it, they are vertically integrating, and really taking advantage of the great quality beef they produce, and letting consumers know where their beef is coming from. By doing that really meeting a need and a market which I think we are going to see more and more of in the future. People are going to want to know, hey where was that beef raised.”
Derek and Doug highlighted the Governors statement of the growing market to obtain the freshest meat possible, and how their business showcases the production of their beef from start to finish.
Doug, “Eliminating all the middleman in the cattle operation as far as the calf is born here, and it doesn’t leave here until it’s in a shrink wrap steak going to somebody’s table.”
Derek, “You buy product from us you know exactly where it came from, you know the process it was under, the treatment it got, you know everything about your supper. To a lot of people anymore that’s very important. We do our best to be as competitive as we can price wise in the market we are in, but at the end of the day, you know exactly where that food came from.”
Governor Ricketts stated that business like Cornhusker Beef is providing the highest quality and safest food in the world.
“One of things I see as I go around the state here is that we’ve got great people who are resilient, who are determined, who are looking to overcome those challenges. That’s certainly true of our farm and ranch families who worked very hard during this pandemic, under trying circumstance like we all had. To make sure that we could feed our state and our nation with the highest quality food, and the safest food you can find anywhere in world.”