Wisconsin food, forestry and agriculture product exports set a record in 2022, according to U.S. Census trade data. Exports were shipped to 142 countries totaling nearly $4.22 billion, a 7 percent increase from the previous record in 2021.
U.S. Census data shows that dairy product exports totaled $617 million, up 32 percent from 2021, the highest level on record and more than $100 million above the previous record year in 2014. Crop products, including grains, wood and vegetables increased more than 5 percent to $2.82 billion, a 10-year high. Meat products declined 2 percent to $782 million.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection International Agribusiness Center Director Mark Rhoda-Reis has the details:
In total, U.S. agricultural exports exceeded $220 billion in 2022, up 10 percent from the year prior. Wisconsin now ranks No. 12 in the nation for agricultural exports.
“This record-breaking year again presents an opportunity to strengthen our state as a leader in agricultural exports,” says DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “Building off of last year, this momentum, the investments of Governor Evers, and the work of DATCP’s International Agribusiness Center positions Wisconsin agribusinesses well for the next year.”
The 2021-23 budget marked the first time that state funding was allocated to DATCP’s International Agribusiness Center to promote Wisconsin agriculture exports. The funding, which received bipartisan support in the state legislature, supported IABC initiatives that create opportunities, facilitate connections, and help eliminate barriers for new and existing exporters. This support helps Wisconsin agribusinesses build on their success and develop pathways to new markets.
Gov. Tony Evers recently proposed his 2023-25 budget, which proposes further investments in Wisconsin’s agricultural exports.
DATCP’s IABC is working collaboratively with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to implement the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports plan. This plan provides flexibility to respond to exporting challenges and facilitates unique opportunities that connect exporters with international markets and buyers.
The latest release of U.S. Census data shows that post-pandemic demand is driving export growth in several markets as logistics challenges decrease. Wisconsin’s top five markets, making up more than two-thirds of total exports, are Canada, China, Mexico, Korea and Japan. Canada, Mexico and Korea showed double-digit increases in 2022, while Japan remained unchanged from 2021.
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