October 2, 2019

Rep. Don Bacon to Omaha Leaders: American Diplomacy, Foreign Assistance Crucial to Nebraska’s Economy

OMAHA – Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) joined agriculture and foreign affairs experts, alongside dozens of Omaha business, veteran, and community leaders today at the Scoular Ballroom to discuss why America must continue to invest in its role as a global leader, starting with our nation’s global food security programs.

“America’s leadership in the world is absolutely critical to Nebraska’s prosperity and security,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE). “All over the world, our diplomats and development workers help to create new markets for American goods, de-escalate potential conflicts, and stop the spread of infectious diseases. In today’s world— with one crisis after the next— I am committed to funding our civilian-led programs, not just because of what they do for our country and communities around the world, but for what they do for everyday Americans here in Omaha.”

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) hosted today’s foreign policy breakfast featuring a discussion with Carol Jenkins, Director of the Office of Agriculture Research and Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“Agriculture is a huge driver of economic activity, both here in the U.S. and abroad. That’s why partnerships between development programs like Feed the Future and American farmers and businesses here in Nebraska are so important,” said Jenkins. “USAID leverages the ingenuity and expertise of American farmers, universities and businesses to help millions of people around the world escape hunger and poverty. That’s a win for American farmers, a win for the developing world, and a win for American exports.”

Over 256,000 jobs in Nebraska are tied to international trade, and Nebraska’s exports to foreign markets total more than $7.9 billion a year—meaning U.S. international engagement isn’t just a matter of national security, it’s a strategic economic issue for the Cornhusker State.

“We are part of a strong agriculture tradition in Nebraska, producing protein, grain and feed to nourish people and animals locally and globally,” said Katie Smith, Director of State Government Affairs at Cargill. “Cargill is proud to chair USGLC’s Heartland Initiative, bringing critical conversations about global development to the American people who benefit from them. We look forward to highlighting how U.S. global leadership— reducing hunger and poverty— can enhance economic growth and security for Americans, including the farmers, ranchers and businesses who call Nebraska home.”

A strong and growing coalition in the state, the USGLC’s Nebraska Advisory Committee brings together more than 90 business, faith, non-profit, veteran, and political leaders who understand why American global leadership matters for Nebraska.

“American farmers have an impact far beyond our borders,” said Paul Maass, CEO of Scoular. “At Scoular, we think it is critical to have conversations about these important topics including supporting American farmers through national and local development programs.”

Also participating in today’s forum was the Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Assistant Secretary of State Cindi Allen.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.