Nebraska Beef, Pork Exports Increase Again in 2017

LINCOLN – Good news continues for Nebraska beef and pork producers as Governor Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday that the state was able to increase its total beef exports by 12 percent in 2017.

The Governor also announced that total pork exports have increased by 20 percent in 2017 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System. Beef production remains Nebraska’s largest industry, with total exports totalling $1.26 billion, the largest beef exporting state in the country for the second year in a row.

“This impressive growth in Nebraska’s beef and pork exports shows how effective international trade is to growing our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “Nebraska producers always deliver high-quality products at competitive prices, and we will continue to open new markets and strengthen existing business so the producers in this state can keep feeding the world and growing Nebraska’s ag economy.”

Nebraska’s 2017 total pork exports totaled $479 million, making Nebraska the fifth-largest state in the county in terms of pork exports.