March 12, 2012

Japan: One year later

One year ago on March 11, Japan was struck with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami. To us in Nebraska, it was hard to really relate with their suffering and their need.
But we knew we needed to help.

Farmers from all across Nebraska came together and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association started the grain donation program for Japan through the American Red Cross, where over $60,000 was raised to support the cause. Read more here.
In July, the Nebraska Corn Board sent a team, hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, to Japan to promote U.S. beef and pork -- and to help deliver meals to evacuees with Curt Tomasevicz. Read about that mission here or for a compilation of posts, click here.
Now a year later, Japan is recovering. Our export markets are returning to above normal, and our ag trade partnerships are strong. Please take time to view this video of how Japan is surviving one year later, and to appreciate their gratitude.

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