Ricketts: Agriculture drives Nebraska’s economy

15 Mar 2019

It is National Ag Week, and we are celebrating our state’s number one industry. The Department of Agriculture and I will be visiting with some of the farm families and ranchers who are building opportunity in communities across our state and growing the food that helps feed the world.

Nebraska’s dominance in agriculture is reflected in our national rankings. We are No.1 for cattle on feed, popcorn and great northern beans. No. 2 in cattle and calves, ethanol production and hay production. No. 3 in corn for grain production and cash receipts from all livestock and products as well as fourth in cash receipts generated from all farm commodities. And we are fifth for soybean production.

This past year, ag-related projects helped bring home Nebraska’s third consecutive award for the most economic development projects per capita in the nation. For example, Michael Foods invested $150 million at their poultry operation in Bloomfield. Veramaris is investing $200 million in Blair to produce algae oil for other biotechnology projects.

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