Pete Ricketts announced that his campaign for governor has launched a statewide Agriculture and Manufacturing Tour. In recent weeks, Ricketts has reviewed the operations of some of the most innovative and successful ag and manufacturing businesses throughout Nebraska. He will continue such visits in the days and weeks ahead, meeting with Nebraska workers and discussing the opportunities and challenges of production agriculture and specialized manufacturing.
“A vibrant agricultural economy and a robust manufacturing sector underlie Nebraska’s economic strength and offer the promise of strong communities statewide for generations to come,” Ricketts said. “As Governor, I want to move the key economic sectors of agriculture and manufacturing into an even better position to help our state grow. Vibrant, diversified and innovative ag and manufacturing sectors will help keep our young people here, provide good jobs for working Nebraskans, and solidify Nebraska’s reputation as one of the best places in America to do business. That’s why I’m devoting a large portion of my campaign to visit leaders in ag and manufacturing – to work collaboratively to develop a road map of how we can move Nebraska forward together.”
To date, Ricketts has visited these Nebraska operations:
Farm of Brian Nedrow: Geneva
KAPPA Ethanol: Minden
Con-E-Co Concrete Plants: Blair
Nucor Steel: Norfolk
Norfolk Iron & Metal: Norfolk
Baldwin Filters: Kearney
T&L Irrigation: Hastings
George Risk Industries: Kimball
21st Century Equipment: Ogallala
Holzfaster Equipment: Ogallala
American Shizuki: Ogallala
Allen Farms: Ogallala
Since 2003 manufacturing exports in Nebraska have risen three times as fast as the state’s overall economy, and one in three jobs in Nebraska relates to the agricultural industry.
“From Sidney to South Sioux City, the farm economy drives our local economies, bolsters our Main Streets, and strengthens our communities. Nebraska producers are innovative, creating value-added opportunities at home to meet the evolving demands of American food consumers,” said Ricketts.
Nebraska farmers and ranchers are some of the most productive and efficient in the nation. Nebraska’s $5.3 billion in agricultural exports in 2011 generated $7 billion in additional economic activity in the state, nearly $3,800 for each Nebraskan.
“At the same time, manufacturing plays an increasingly important role in Nebraska’s economic strength and in small and midsize communities statewide,” Ricketts said. “In Nebraska, our central location, good transportation, and skilled workforce is a recipe for manufacturing success, and we can take further advantage of these assets.” Manufacturing jobs are typically good-paying, quality jobs, paying 34 percent more than other non-farm jobs in the state.