Nebraska trade delegation heads to the Middle East; later trip planned to UK, Ireland

By: - February 7, 2022 11:12 am

Hot and humid temperators led to losses of cattle in feedlots in eastern Nebraska. (John Moore/Getty Images)

LINCOLN — A delegation from Nebraska will depart this week for the Middle East in hopes of increasing the trade of Nebraska products such as beef, grain and center-pivot irrigation systems.

And Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that another trade mission will depart to the United Kingdom and Ireland this Aug. 20-28. That trip would coincide with the Nebraska-Northwestern football game scheduled Aug. 27 in Dublin.

Secretary of State Robert Evnen
Secretary of State Robert Evnen
(Courtesy of Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office)

Secretary of State Bob Evnen is leading the delegation that will leave this week for Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, including a stop at the world’s largest annual food show, the Gulfood Show. 

More than 150 countries participate in the food show, Evnen said, and it will be an opportunity to promote Nebraska branded beef.

Nearly 20 representatives of commodity groups and businesses are traveling, along with several faculty members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Evnen said the trip will provide an opportunity for Nebraskans to increase trade with the Middle East and to exchange cultural and educational practices. 

A side trip to Kuwait had to be cancelled because of COVID-19 requirements in that country, he said, which include a quarantine period for visitors.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.

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