Nebraska Cattlemen Comments on Recent Japan Trade Agreement
LINCOLN, NE (August 26, 2019) – Nebraska Cattlemen President Mike Drinnin issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent announcement for increased market access to Japan, the leading export market for Nebraska beef.
“The importance of Japan’s market to Nebraska’s livestock industry is beyond significant. Japan is the leading export destination for Nebraska beef exports with a total value of $412.1 million in 2018. Right now, our leading competitor in the Japanese beef market is Australia, who already has a free trade agreement in place. This gives our top competitor a significant tariff advantage. Levelling the playing field in this key export market would directly benefit Nebraska’s livestock producers.” — Mike Drinnin, Nebraska Cattlemen President