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Wisconsin agricultural exports continue to grow
August 15, 2014

Media Contact:  Ann Marie Ames

Jim Dick, Communications Director


MADISON –Wisconsin is on pace for another record-breaking year of agricultural exports, according to data compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Wisconsin exported $1.9 billion in agricultural product categories to 128 countries in the first six months of 2014. That is a 17 percent increase over the same time period in 2013.

This moves Wisconsin’s rank up one spot to 12th in the nation in agricultural exports. Wisconsin saw growth in exports of each of its top five agricultural products and top five agricultural export markets.

“The success of Wisconsin agricultural exports can be directly attributed to the efforts of the agribusinesses themselves,” said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. “The international trade teams here at DATCP and at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) can only advise and guide the private sector through the maze of the exporting world. It is the companies themselves that produce the quality products that are in demand, and they forge the relationships necessary for success.”

Growth in dairy exports, including dairy derivatives, increased 30 percent compared to the first half of 2013 to $273 million. Wisconsin ranks third among the states in the export of these products.[1]

Wisconsin ranks first in the nation in the export of bovine genetics, whey, ginseng, processed sweet corn and mink fur skins. Wisconsin ranks second in the export of cheese and processed cranberries.

Total U.S. agricultural exports were valued at $88 billion, an increase of 12 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

“The DATCP International Trade Team can help businesses navigate the rules and regulations other countries have placed on the agricultural products entering their markets,” added Brancel. “The team provides services that include educational seminars, one-on-one technical support and overseas trade missions to help Wisconsin businesses grow their international markets.”

In addition to helping businesses manage regulatory requirements, the trade team helps companies establish in-country contacts. An example is the Wisconsin Products Pavilion coordinated by DATCP at the upcoming U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange scheduled for Sept. 15-18 in Milwaukee. More than 500 international soy and grain industry representatives are expected to attend. To learn more, contact DATCP’s Jennifer Lu at 608-224-5102 or or Ashwini Rao at 608-224-5119 or

 Top Five Agricultural Markets                                                        Top Five Agricultural Product Categories





$ 934 million

17 percent


$ 160 million

36 percent


$ 157 million

5 percent


$ 101 million

40 percent


$ 71 million

11 percent




Dairy & derivatives

$273 million

30 percent


$240 million

42 percent

Misc. food

$191 million

32 percent


$152 million

7 percent

Preserved food

$111 million

18 percent

[1] In 2014, DATCP began reporting exports in the dairy derivatives category. Examples of dairy derivatives are lactose and casein. These exports had been included in the total agricultural exports in the past but had not been highlighted on their own or reported in combination with dairy product exports. Including dairy derivatives brings DATCP’s export statistics reporting in line with that of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

[2] Includes sauces, condiments and baking mixes.

[3] Sixty percent of this category is ethanol for fuel. The rest is beer and other beverages.