By: Bob Meyer
The value of Wisconsin’s agricultural exports increased 6 percent through the first nine months of this year. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reports the state exported over $2.3 billion worth of agricultural products from January through September. Dairy-related products including eggs and honey are the top-selling products totaling $275 million; a 34 percent increase over the same period in 2012.
Canada is Wisconsin’s best customer buying $1.1 billion of agricultural products from the Badger State including $133 million worth of ethanol.
China is #2 on the list buying $211 million in agricultural products up 78.5 percent from a year ago. Animal feed is the biggest product sold to China
Mexico is the state’s third-best customer buying $175 million from Wisconsin agriculture up 12.5 percent from a year ago. Mexico is Wisconsin’s best dairy customer.
Rounding-out the top-five customer list; Korea and Japan.
Overall, Wisconsin has sold products to 140 countries this year. Besides dairy products, animal feed and ethanol, raw furskins and baking-related goods are top sellers for the state.
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