Nebraskans in Asia Peddling Pork

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Five Nebraskans are in Japan and China this week on a trade mission to see what the Asian market thinks of U.S. pork.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation arranged the Asia Market Mission to discover more about developing pork markets.

The federation wants delegations to, among other things, evaluate how its check-off dollars are being used in trade servicing and market development in Japan and China.

The Nebraska Corn Board is sponsoring members of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association to be part of the mission to research how Nebraska pork may fit into the equation.

Bob Dickey, the Corn Board's secretary/treasurer from Laurel and executive director Don Hutchens of Lincoln are also on the trip.

Representing the pork producers are Gale Pohlman of Plymouth, Mary Ann Keller of Monroe and Dennis Beethe of Elk Creek.

Tuesday, the delegation is scheduled to attend FoodEx, one of the largest food shows in Asia. Then, the group is headed for Beijing, China, to visit several meat-processing plants.