- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state’s leading agricultural groups are touting the benefits of a major trade deal proposed between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

The coalition released an analysis on Thursday showing that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase Nebraska’s total cash receipts by more than $378 million annually from the sale of agricultural products.

The analysis says Cuming, Custer, Platte, Dawson and Lincoln counties would see the biggest economic benefits, but every county would see gains.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Corn Born and the Nebraska Soybean Association are all calling on Congress to ratify the agreement.

Ricketts says lowering tariffs through the agreement would help Nebraska expand its trade relationship with Japan, one of the state’s biggest partners.

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