Light the fireworks – cue the patriotic band – and thank every U.S. farmer and rancher. It's time to celebrate agriculture’s latest economic achievement.
U.S. farm exports have soared to a record $152.5 billion - up from last year's $141 billion level, according to data tabulated and released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Secretary Tom Vilsack – “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved another year of record export,” said the USDA’s chief executive.
“U.S. agricultural exports have increased in volume as well as in monetary value, which demonstrates an increasing global appetite for high-quality, American-grown products.”
As a means to continue federal support for U.S. agriculture, Secretary Villsack says the agency is committed to strengthening rural communities, and will continue to focus on investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development.
These efforts, he says, will collectively help expand export opportunities “for what is grown and made in rural America, create jobs, and foster growth that strengthens our nation's economy.”