United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, and Argentina Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Ricardo Negri will gather in Omaha Friday, Sept. 23 to discuss the importance of agriculture to global trade at the Global Leaders Forum on Agriculture and Trade. Greg Ibach, President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, will facilitate a discussion on agriculture and global trade.
The forum, co-hosted by the AKSARBEN Foundation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), will take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha during the 2016 AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo and coincide with the 2016 NASDA Annual Meeting. Celebrating 100 years of advancing agriculture, international trade is a top priority for NASDA in 2016. Expected attendees include members of the Omaha and Nebraska Agribusiness Clubs, Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis, commodity group members, and other local and regional business leaders. The deadline to RSVP for this international event is Friday, September 16.
“America’s farmers and ranchers depend on the global marketplace,” Ibach said. “In order for countries like Argentina, New Zealand, and the U.S. to meet demand for food, bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are critical to open markets and eliminate trade barriers.”
Established in 1895, AKSARBEN Foundation is one of Nebraska’s premier non-profit organizations, leveraging business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland. The AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo is the annual highlight of the Foundation’s long standing commitment to agriculture and community leadership. The weekend of ag youth competition and rodeo entertainment draws 100,000 visitors to Omaha, raises funds for ag scholarships and creates an economic impact of $21.3 million to the region.
Kevin Kock, Executive Director of Agricultural Initiatives for AKSARBEN Foundation, said the International Agribusiness Luncheon will bring even greater significance to this year’s AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo, Sept. 22 through Sept. 25.
“We’ll host some of the top leaders of agriculture in the world,” Kock said. “Agricultural exports and free trade are critical to our economy, particularly here in Nebraska. We’re proud to join NASDA in sponsoring such an important international event.”