Wisconsin is well known for its strong agricultural heritage and agriculture continues to be one of the state’s largest industries. Fittingly, the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently announced that 2012 was a record-setting year for Wisconsin’s agricultural exports. Wisconsin exported over $2.9 billion worth of agricultural products last year to 149 countries, which was a 3% increase over 2011.
After a record year of ag exports, Wisconsin is now ranked 13th in the nation for the value of ag exports, which is up from 16th in 2011. Wisconsin exported the most to Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, and Japan. Wisconsin’s most valuable ag export was the category including ethanol. Wisconsin’s second most valuable ag export was miscellaneous food, which includes sauces, yeasts, and mustards. Dairy-related products, including eggs, cheese, and honey, were the state’s third most valuable export. Baking-related items, such as malt extract, dough, and pastry mixes, ranked fourth and preserved foods, including sweet corn, potatoes, cranberries, and cranberry juice, ranked fifth as most valuable ag exports.
As Wisconsin continues to increase its ag exports in international markets, ag products and the ag industry continue to be an important part of our state’s economy. According to a report done by UW-Extension, agriculture generates more than $59.6 billion in economic impact to the state each year. Additionally, the ag industry supports over 350,000 jobs in Wisconsin, which accounts for 1 out of every 10 workers.
Any Wisconsin agribusiness that would like additional information about exporting ag products may contact DATCP’s International Trade Team at 1.800.462.5237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.