The Nebraska Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the creation of an International Grow Nebraska Agriculture trade team within the department's Ag Promotion and Development focus area. The team will be led by Assistant Director Amelia Breinig and have three other members.

“Trade is important to Nebraska and the creation of this trade team broadens the base of our international trade responsibilities,” Director Steve Wellman said in a news release. “(The ag department) has always been dedicated to promoting agriculture abroad. This new trade team structure puts a renewed emphasis on international trade.”

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The international trade team will focus on both new and existing opportunities for the sales, promotion and value-added aspects of Nebraska agricultural products in other countries.

The department currently is working on trade initiatives that include increasing livestock exports to South America; dry edible bean exports to Bulgaria; and pork, beef, dry edible beans and soybean exports to Vietnam.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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