As US beef exports to China resume … Nebraska is optimistic that its biggest crop export – corn – will also benefit.
The state suffered a huge blow in 2014 when China banned genetically modified corn from the United States. Before that, [Nebraska] was shipping millions of metric tons of corn. [This dropped] to between 150,000 and 200,000 [in 2016].
About 95-97% of corn produced in Nebraska is genetically modified, but most of it consists of varieties that are now approved in China and other markets, said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director at the Nebraska Corn Board.
“Nebraska’s blessed with being the No 1 cattle-on-feed state, and having that strong beef industry” is a “fantastic opportunity to move corn as a value-added product into China, along with building upon what that means for corn in raw form,” [added Brunkhorst].
The first shipment of US beef to China left Omaha, Nebraska, on June 14, on a flight to customers in Shanghai.
Corn and beef work in tandem with each other, said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
“That’s a great synergistic way we leverage our corn and add value to our commodities we produce here, to help create the best products in the world,” [Gov. Ricketts] said.
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