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DAVID CITY – Governor Pete Ricketts and the visiting Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Naoki Ito, toured the Henningsen Foods plant in David City, Nebraska.  The visit occurred on the heels of a newly-announced strategic partnership agreement between Henningsen’s Tokyo-based parent Kewpie Corporation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

“Henningsen Foods and Kewpie have shared a tremendous relationship with Nebraska for over 50 years,” said Governor Ricketts.  “During my recent trade mission to Japan, I met with the company’s leadership to thank them for their investments in our state and to discuss new opportunities for collaboration.  Those discussions led to today’s announcement.  This new partnership between Kewpie and the University of Nebraska leverages our world-class resources at Nebraska Innovation Campus and strengthens the special relationship between Nebraska and Japan, which support thousands of jobs in our communities.”

“It has been a privilege to tour Henningsen’s facilities in David City, and yet another opportunity to acknowledge the deep friendship and economic ties shared between Nebraska and Japan,” Consul General Ito said.  “Nebraska and Japanese trade and business partnerships continue to grow stronger every year, and they are a source of economic strength for all parties involved.”

A global producer of egg, meat, and poultry products, Henningsen Foods operates three locations across Nebraska.  Governor Ricketts and a delegation of State and university officials met with senior leaders from parent company Kewpie last year, during the Governor’s second trade mission to Japan.  Following that meeting, the Governor’s Office helped connect Kewpie with UNL.  Shortly thereafter, representatives from UNL and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) returned to Tokyo, at which time UNL and Kewpie formalized a recently-announced strategic partnership agreement.  The agreement will see Kewpie conduct North American market research and development efforts out of UNL’s Nebraska Innovation Campus, in Lincoln.

“This is a perfect example of the economic development opportunities created in Nebraska that result from collaboration and partnership between the university, state government and the private sector through global engagement,” said Mike Boehm, UNL Vice Chancellor Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Nebraska and Japan continue to grow important trade and investment relationships.  Today, Japan is the fourth-largest global importer of Nebraska products, and the state’s largest source of foreign direct investment, having invested more than $4.4 billion since 2010.  Today, approximately 35 Japanese-owned companies employ around 9,400 Nebraskans.

Aside from strengthening Nebraska-Japan ties, the UNL-Kewpie agreement will also help to foster enhanced research and academic collaboration between the University of Nebraska and Japan.

This July, Governor Ricketts is slated to host an official delegation from Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, including Prefecture Governor Toshizo Ido, to discuss additional opportunities for growing Nebraska-Japanese trade and investment relationships.

In September, Nebraska will host the 50th annual conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association.  More information can be found at http://www.midwest-japan.org/schedule/.

LINCOLN – Thursday, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed Kentaro Sonoura, Special Adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to the State Capitol.  The meeting comes in advance of the 50th Annual Midwest U.S.–Japan Association Conference, which will be held in Omaha in September.

“Nebraska and Japan have a long tradition of building strong partnerships, which has created a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Our shared values underlie the success of these partnerships—family, hard work, and innovation.  Nebraskans, and people from across the country, are invited to join us in Omaha for the conference in September to discuss how we can continue to grow trade, jobs, and investment.”

“The Japanese Government places high importance on further developing relations with state governments in the U.S., in particular, with the state of Nebraska, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest with Governor Ricketts,” said Special Adviser Sonoura.  “We would like to cooperate for the success of 50th Anniversary conference of Japan-Midwest U.S., and hope that Nebraska will continue to welcome Japanese investment and promote Japanese language education.”

Mr. Sonoura is a member of the Japanese House of Representatives and a former State Minister for Foreign Affairs.  At their meeting, Governor Ricketts and Mr. Sonoura discussed the importance of trade to both countries and the upcoming Midwest U.S.–Japan Association Conference.  More details about the conference and registration can be found by clicking here.

Japan is one of the top five importers of Nebraska products such as beef, pork, and soybeans.  Additionally, Japan is Nebraska’s largest direct international investor with over $4.4 billion in foreign direct investment from Japanese companies since 2010, supporting thousands of jobs.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — With the U.S. being the world’s largest poultry producer and the second largest poultry meat exporter, the demand for global education and training for professionals from other countries, who are major U.S. commodity buyers, has exponentially grown. This was evident for participants who attended the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Japan Poultry Nutrition course held May 7–11, 2018 at the IGP Institute Conference Center.

The training hosted eight participants from Japan who work in a wide range of positions within the poultry industry including for technical magazine editor, poultry feed research and broiler farm management.

“I really enjoyed learning about the poultry nutrition in the course,” says Toshiyuki Ishii, poultry feed researcher at Nihon Nosan Kogyo in Japan. “All of the information taught, will help me in my research and learning the poultry nutrition formulas was very interesting.”

The topics covered in this training included broiler breeder nutrition and management; ideal amino acid profile and requirements for broilers and layers; maximizing the use of energy in poultry diets using basic concepts in nutrition and management; digestive tract structure integrity and efficiency; soybean production in the U.S.; feeding laying hens under heat stress and stressful conditions; quality control in a feed mill; feeding and managing broiler breeders to help solve problems;

Along with lectures and presentations, course participants also toured KSU’s O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center in Manhattan, Kansas; DeLong Container Facility in Edgerton, Kansas; Bob Haselwood’s soybean farm in Berryton, Kansas; poultry farm near Syracuse, Kansas; Ag Co-Op Services Feed Mill near Otterville, Missouri; and Kansas Soybean Commission in Topeka, Kansas.

“USSEC has consistently supported the Japanese poultry industry by providing in partnership with the IGP Institute technical training, focusing on nutrition and feed manufacturing. It is important to support this type of market,” says Carlos Campabadal, feed manufacturing specialist and course coordinator.

This is just one example of the specialized trainings offered by the IGP Institute. In addition to these trainings, IGP also offers courses in the areas of grain marketing and risk management, grain processing and flour milling, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To learn more about these other courses, visit the IGP website at www.grains.k-state.edu/igp.