Nebraska governor speaks to USDA forum, highlights biotech

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) is in the D.C. area for the next few days.

Thursday morning, he spoke at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Ricketts praised Nebraska companies like DNA Genetics and Zoetis for achievement in agricultural biotechnology.

Ricketts said more innovation is needed in order to double food production in the next 50 years.

He said as the global population grows, it creates more opportunity for Nebraska to feed the world.

Ricketts also said it’s critical that federal government regulation is smart, and doesn’t become a barrier.

Ricketts said, “USDA has done a wonderful job with how to manage plant innovations and new technology… new biotechnology. We’ve got to make sure we don’t get in the way of animal biotechnology and innovations as well.”

The Nebraska Democratic Party slammed Ricketts and said his Thursday morning speech was full of buzzwords.

Party Chair Jane Kleeb said Ricketts is ignoring bigger threats to Nebraska's producers, like companies using eminent domain to claim land, and climate change.

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