What are Nebraska's major industries?
We have several major industries here. Obviously, people think of agriculture and we are a major producer of feed corn, wheat, soybeans, and sorghum. We compete strongly with Texas in beef production, while being strong in hog, chicken, and turkey production. Related to the raising of those animals, we have numerous slaughter and packing facilities in the state. We have various food production companies like Nestle-Purina for animals.
Nebraska has a strong transportation industry. The Union-Pacific Rail Road is headquartered in Omaha, while the Burlington Northern-San Francisco rail road has extensive operations in Lincoln. Trucking is a major industry with Crete Carrier being a major employer.
Nebraska has a strong insurance industry with Mutual of Omaha, Allstate, NTTDATA, Assurity, and other insurance companies being in the state.
We have a strong information technology base in Lincoln and Omaha. Gallup has a strong presence in Lincoln and Omaha. There are several video production and computer graphics companies in the area.
We have reasonable manufacturing industry with International Harvester in Grand Island, Husqvarna in Beatrice, Square D in Lincoln.
We also have a strong sporting goods industry with various small gun makers, and Hornady Ammunition in Grand Island.
We have excellent medical facilities in Lincoln and Omaha. Our educational system is world renown with the University of Nebraska in Lincoln as well as in Kearney and Omaha. Creighton University in Omaha is well known, too.
Cattle. Corn. Soybeans. Clean industries.
Agriculture, of course. Insurance used to be a large industry (home of Mutual of Omaha and United of Omaha). Military - Omaha is home to the Strategic Air Command. Lots of agricultural associated industries such as ethanol plants, corn milling, cattle raising, etc. Sidney is the home of Cabela's which was just purchased by Bass Pro Shops. Union Pacific Railroads headquarters is in Omaha and North Platte has a huge switchyard. Tourism is another industry ... Nebraska is home to Buffalo Bill Cody's birthplace as well as John G. Neihart and Marie Sandoz's. People come from around the world to see the migration of the sandhills cranes each year. Needless to say this is just a smattering of the diverse industries in this state.
Well, there is the obvious one Agriculture. Then just basing on what was big in my town (Columbus), we had electronics (My Dad worked there and a few of his parts were for NASA), a meat packing plant that actually bankrupted a company because e-coli was found in the plant, medical supplies (next time you see something made by Becton-Dickinson chances are it was made in my town, some random factories (I worked in one for a short time taking apart a part they messed up on), and a salad dressing company that if you aren't from the Midwest you probably haven't heard of it (Dorothy Lynch), and the last thing is a company that makes metal buildings (They are famous for them, Behlen buildings).
Nebraska is first of all an agricultural state. Primary crops include corn, wheat, soy beans, and sorghum. We also produce cattle, swine, and poultry. As a result of our high level of corn production, we also are the second largest state for producing ethanol.
Major business that call Nebraska home include (not in any particular order) Union Pacific Railroad, Mutual of Omaha (Insurance), Berkshire Hathaway, and TD Ameritrade.