Ag exports increase 17%

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:24 pm

Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses have exported almost $2.8 billion worth of products to 138 countries so far in 2014, an increase of 17 percent over the same period in 2013.

The data, released today by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, indicates that Wisconsin retained its No. 12 agricultural export ranking when compared to the rest of the country.

“Our state was built on the success of our hard-working farmers, and others in the agriculture industry,” said Gov. Scott Walker. “We will continue to support advances in technology and promote expansion so those working in agriculture can grow their business, increase exports and create jobs.”

The increase was driven primarily by dairy products, including dairy derivatives like lactose and casein, which were up 19 percent over 2013, to $392 million for the first three quarters of the year. China’s demand for the state’s dairy products increased 77 percent, and Mexico saw a 29 percent increase over last year. Wisconsin is ranked third nationally in dairy exports.

“Wisconsin’s agricultural sector continues to respond to worldwide demand for safe, high-quality food and products,” DATCP secretary Ben Brancel said. “When these companies move into new markets, they strengthen their businesses, strengthen Wisconsin’s economy and help feed the world.”

Wisconsin is ranked first in exporting bovine genetics, whey, ginseng, processed sweet corn, mink fur skins and processed cranberries. It is second in cheese exports.

“We are pleased to see this growth, but there are still plenty of opportunities for Wisconsin companies to export their products to other countries,” Brancel said. “The members of DATCP’s International Trade Team can provide technical assistance and resources to Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses, whether they are new to exporting or wish to expand their current reach.”

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