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New record for Wisconsin farm exports

Rep. Kristi Noem today made the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Farm Bill). (USDA.gov)
Rep. Kristi Noem today made the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Farm Bill). (USDA.gov)

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Last year set a new record for Wisconsin agricultural exports.

State Ag Secretary Ben Brancel said over $3.2-billion of Wisconsin farm-related products were shipped overseas in 2013. That's up 9-percent from the previous year.

Dairy products, eggs, and honey led the way with almost $400-million in foreign sales -- a 41-percent jump from the year before. Cheese and whey made up 85-percent of the dairy products exported, and China bought almost a quarter of the state's total exports of whey. Miscellaneous food ingredients had the second-highest exports, with $315-million in sales. That was up 9-percent from 2012. Other major Wisconsin exports included ethanol, beverages, cereal grains, and baking-related goods.

Over 150 nations bought Wisconsin products. The Top-Five customers were Canada, China, Mexico, Korea, and Japan. Chinese purchases rose 63-percent.

Wisconsin ranks 13th in the value of its agriculture exports.

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