Pillen Begins Trade Mission To Vietnam


      Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen is out of the state this week, leading a trade delegation to Vietnam.

The group left Sunday and has multiple stops scheduled throughout the southeast Asian nation for the week-long visit.

       Traveling with Pillen on his first trade mission are state Ag Director Sherry Vinton, Nebraska-Omaha Chancellor Joanne Li, and government, academic, and ag-related business representatives.

       Pillen says he’s excited to have Vietnam as his first trade mission because Southeast Asia is an important market for Nebraska – which is primed and ready to meet demands for ag goods.

     He says Nebraska has had many positive visits and exchanges with Vietnam over the years with his visit another step in strengthening that bond.

     Total Nebraska exports to Vietnam were nearly a billion dollars in 2021 with dairy products, eggs, dry edible beans, and beef the main items..

       Pillen says “Vietnam is also an important and growing export market for Nebraska processed feed like corn gluten, soybean meal and distillers grains,” with this trip expected to “help identify other, yet untapped, opportunities”

      Stops on the trade mission include an appearance at the Vietnam University of Agriculture, meetings with Vietnam trade officials. and a visit to a large grocery center.