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New record for Wisconsin farm exports

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Last year set a new record for Wisconsin agricultural exports.

State Ag Secretary Ben Brancel said over $3.2-billion of Wisconsin farm-related products were shipped overseas in 2013. That's up 9-percent from the previous year.

Dairy products, eggs, and honey led the way with almost $400-million in foreign sales -- a 41-percent jump from the year before. Cheese and whey made up 85-percent of the dairy products exported, and China bought almost a quarter of the state's total exports of whey. Miscellaneous food ingredients had the second-highest exports, with $315-million in sales. That was up 9-percent from 2012. Other major Wisconsin exports included ethanol, beverages, cereal grains, and baking-related goods.

Over 150 nations bought Wisconsin products. The Top-Five customers were Canada, China, Mexico, Korea, and Japan. Chinese purchases rose 63-percent.

Wisconsin ranks 13th in the value of its agriculture exports.