USDA totals show record agricultural exports in fiscal 2013

On November 14, theĀ U.S. Department of AgricultureĀ (USDA) released its final tally for agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2013, showing a new record of $140.9 billion.Ā Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement:

On November 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its final tally for agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2013, showing a new record of $140.9 billion. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement: 

ā€œAmerican agriculture achieved record exports once again in Fiscal Year 2013, and the period 2009-2013 stands as the strongest five-year period for agricultural exports in our nationā€™s history. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural exports from 2009-2013 increased by a total of more than $230 billion ā€“ and the average volume of bulk commodities exported increased by nearly 4 million tons per year during that same period. We need to remain focused on keeping up the incredible momentum weā€™ve seen over the past five years. First and foremost, Congress needs to pass a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to continue the trade promotion programs that helped American agriculture achieve these results. These trade promotion efforts return $35 in economic benefits for every dollar invested ā€“ a great value for producers who gain access to additional market opportunities abroad, as well as rural communities that depend on a solid agriculture sector to create and support jobs. A new Farm Bill would complement historic work by the Obama Administration to break down barriers to U.S. products and achieve new agreements to expand exports ā€“ an effort that continues today as we work toward new agreements with the European Union and a number of Asian nations. With record agricultural exports supporting about one million American jobs, we canā€™t afford to lose the incredible momentum of recent years ā€“ and thatā€™s why we need Congress to pass a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible.ā€ 

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