LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s news that the U.S. and Japan are moving closer to securing a bi-lateral trade deal is great news for Nebraska farmers and ranchers, especially our beef and pork producers. Japan is a critical market for Nebraska and one that we’ve needed to find a way to better tap into since the U.S. opted not to be a part of the larger Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.”

“Since those CPTPP countries have moved forward, the U.S. has been on the outside looking in on a trade deal in which Japan offers lower tariff rates for a variety of agriculture products including beef and pork coming from partnering countries. While we’re anxious to learn more of the specifics of the pending bi-lateral U.S., Japan deal, any agreement that opens the door for greater market access and puts our farmers and ranchers on a more competitive playing field with producers around the globe is major step forward.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.