USDA has released its annual report for agricultural exports and the news is good for North Carolina.
North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“In 2012 the value of NC’s Ag exports reached $3.9 billion, a new record and an 8% increase from our 2011 total ($3.6 billion).
These numbers are based on twenty selected commodities and not everything that NC exports. They track the 20 commodities to show a trend, but we also have a lot of agribusiness people that are exporting ag products that are not tracked in this number. The other part that is not included is the exports that we do with our forestry products that is over $1.5 billion.
The top product was pork at more than $727 million, chicken was second at $525 million.
The commodity with the biggest increase this year was soybeans, jumping from $348 million in 2011 to $426 million in 2012.
With tobacco we had a really good year in 2012. This crop exported over $558 million, the best showing since 2009.
North Carolina ranks 12th in the country in ag exports. It depends on how you look at the figures. I have learned that some of them are based on commodities that go out of the ports.
We are very aggressive about exports at the Dept of Ag and our international trade office continues to be aggressive to market these products. Our continued strong showing in exports indicates international demand for our products. We met with a group from Indonesia this week and they are interested in NC products!
If someone is interested in learning how to export their products, they can contact our international marketing staff at 919-707-3153. This includes agribusiness products as well.”