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Consumers around the world continue to buy more Wisconsin foods and agricultural products, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses have exported nearly $2.8 billion worth of agricultural products to 138 countries so far this year, a 17 percent increase over the same period in 2013.
“Our state was built on the success of our hard-working farmers, and others in the agriculture industry,” Governor Walker said. “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.”
Wisconsin held its position as the No. 12 state for agricultural exports. The value of the state’s top five agricultural products increased, as did the value of sales to each of Wisconsin’s top five agricultural export markets compared to the first three quarters of 2013.
“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.”
Exports of dairy products, including dairy derivatives such as lactose and casein, are valued at $392 million, a 19 percent increase compared to the first three quarters of 2013. Wisconsin ranks third among U.S. states in the export of these products.
Part of that growth in dairy exports can be attributed to $88.7 million in exports to Mexico, a 29 percent increase, and $55.3 million in exports to China, a 77 percent increase, compared to the same time last year. In Mexico, the products showing the most growth are milk concentrate, whey protein, cheese, butter and oils and buttermilk. In China they include whey, sweet concentrated milk, cream, cheese and curd.
Wisconsin ranks first among U.S. states exporting bovine genetics, whey, ginseng, processed sweet corn, mink fur skins and processed cranberries. Wisconsin ranks 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.”