WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the administration notified Congress of its intention to negotiate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom:

“Opening up new markets for Nebraska producers is the best way to ensure they can prosper and feed the world. I welcome the start of trade negotiations between our country and Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. I’m optimistic President Trump and the administration will make good deals for our ag producers and manufacturers.”

Key Facts:

Japan is the third largest market for Nebraska ag products. It represents Nebraska’s largest export market for beef, pork, and eggs; the second largest export market for corn and wheat; and the third largest export market for soybeans.

The European Union is Nebraska’s fifth largest agricultural export market.

The United Kingdom is an important market for Nebraska manufactured agricultural and construction machinery, as well as oilseeds and other grains.