Congressman Don Bacon is hosting His Excellency, Lars Gert Lose, Danish Ambassador to the United States, on a visit to Nebraska that will include academic, business and cultural events.
Rep. Bacon and Ambassador Lose will today meet with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to discuss trade opportunities with Denmark. Last year, Danish biotechnology Novozymes announced a $36 million expansion of their North American operations, to be located at their Blair, NE facility. Nebraska ranks second in the nation for ethanol production with approximately 2.2 billion gallons, which is 14 percent of the nation's capacity of 15.6 billion gallons.
“Strengthening our relationship with Denmark for future trade opportunities will benefit Nebraska’s agricultural industry,” said Rep. Bacon. “We have solid relationships in the ethanol and renewable energy sectors and I want to help grow those connections.”
Following that, Rep. Bacon and Ambassador Lose will visit with students and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center to discuss trade, diplomatic issues, and career opportunities in foreign affairs.
On Wednesday morning, they will visit with University of Nebraska Medical Center students who will discuss their recent research and presentations at the University of Southern Denmark. The research is part of the International Student Research Forum, which provides opportunities for graduate students to collaborate beyond the boundaries of disciplines and nationalities.
The Ambassador’s visit will be wrapped up at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning.
“Business leaders from agriculture, ethanol and other industries will have a chance to explore ideas for meaningful relationships between their companies and Denmark,” said Rep. Bacon.
Information provided by Cong. Don Bacon's Office.