LINCOLN, NE—A group of Nebraskans is packing its bags for Japan as part of a mission coordinated by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The group departs on Sunday, July 7 and will return Saturday, July 13. The Nebraska Corn Board is sponsoring the Nebraskans on the mission.
The focus for this mission is an opportunity for U.S. beef and corn producers to assist in U.S. beef promotions and trade activities in the one of the busiest meat purchasing seasons.
Participants will have meetings with the U.S. Embassy, retail and importer discussions, interaction with over 500 meat buyers at a meat symposium, and a U.S. beef activity in the Sendai region of Japan. Main talking points will include the continued safety of U.S. beef that is LT 30 months and younger, as well as promotion of the quality of U.S. corn fed beef.
Nebraskans on the mission will include:
- Mark Jagels of Davenport, a corn farmer and beef producer. Mark is on the
Nebraska Corn Board and is the chair-elect of the U.S. Meat Export
- Tim Scheer, corn producer from St. Paul. Tim is chairman of the Nebraska
- Dale Spencer, a beef producer from Brewster, and president of the Nebraska
- Kyle Cantrell, corn and beef producer from Anselmo
- Doug Parde, corn and beef producer from Sterling
- Dave Buchholz, president of David & Associates in Hastings, who is handling communications and media services during the mission
The mission of USMEF is to increase the value and profitability of the U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand for their products in export markets through a dynamic partnership of all stakeholders. Simply put, USMEF is "Putting U.S. Meat on the World's Table."
The Nebraska Corn Board provides funds to USMEF since beef exports are critical to the success of Nebraska beef producers—and beef production is one of the largest customers for Nebraska corn and the distillers grains co-product from ethanol production.