Johanns - Trade Mission

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Gov. Mike Johanns will use a trade mission to China and Hong Kong to push for the reopening Nebraska beef markets there.

There has been a ban on importing U.S. beef in those countries and others after a Holstein in Washington state tested positive in December for the brain-wasting mad cow disease.

Johanns is leading a trade mission of 46 representatives of a variety of Nebraska business and agricultural interests departing Tuesday. He said today that a main thrust of the trip will be on beef sales.

He says he intends to promote Nebraska beef at every opportunity.

State ag officials say that prior to the ban Nebraska was exporting about $20 million a year in beef products to China and Hong Kong.