Utah ranchers build beef bridge to Baghdad.

Utah ranchers build beef bridge to Baghdad.

Alex Cabrero.


A University of Utah agricultural extension agent is hoping a little bovine diplomacy will help strengthen relations between the United States and Iraq.

Lyle Holmgren’s is back after his first trip to Baghdad, and says he believes the Iraqis have a taste for U.S. beef.

He’s hoping to introduce Utah cattle to Iraqis, form a relationship with Iraqi ranchers, and build a partnership with the right people there to create a new beef market.

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