Exports of Kansas agricultural products in 2012 totaled more than $4 billion with sales in 2013 expected to be even higher.
Meat, primarily beef, continued to be the category leader, generating more than $1 billion in sales in 2012, a five percent increase from 2011. Cereal grains were next with just over $1 billion in annual sales.
Customers around the globe include Canada, Mexico, Germany, Nigeria, Russia and many others. Products include steak processed in Garden City, flour milled in Stafford County, ethanol distilled in Garnett, salsa made in Kansas City and dozens of other products.
Agriculture officials say that Kansas' reputation for producing safe, wholesome and affordable food is responsible for the steady growth of the sector.
Building relationships for domestic and international customers
The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Advocacy, Marketing and Outreach Team serves Kansas companies to develop strong business plans for the future and build relationships for potential customers both domestically and internationally. The department partners with Food Export-Midwest, U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Inc., and other trade and commodity organizations to provide international trade opportunities for Kansas farms, ranches and agribusinesses.
Looking ahead through 2014 are more opportunities for Kansas farms, ranches and agribusinesses to either begin exporting or to expand their current export markets. Participating in KDA-sponsored focused trade missions and buyers' missions, are just two of the many opportunities available. Several buyers' missions take place domestically and are often held in conjunction with various food and agricultural trade shows. These venues enable companies to meet one-on-one with prospective buyers from around the world.
To learn more about the efforts of the KDA Agricultural Advocacy, Marketing and Outreach team to promote Kansas agriculture in overseas markets, including the a look at the 2014 activity calendar, go to the Kansas Department of Agriculture web site.