A man who ought to know about such things believes there are two areas of concern for Nebraska's cattle farmers.

Sen. Mike Johanns addressed the Nebraska Cattlemen's Midyear Meeting on Friday at Sandhills Convention Center and offered his thoughts on many subjects, two of which he believes are threats to the group. The first-term U.S. Senator is a former governor of Nebraska and also served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The first threat he addressed is the disparity in beef exports before and after 2003.

"In 2003, Japan imported $1.4 billion in U.S. beef," Johanns said. "From 2004 to 2009, that number has averaged 196 million. That's less than 15% of what they did in 2003."

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