Wisconsin agricultural exports had a record-setting year in 2012.
"Wisconsin continues to increase its agricultural exports in the international marketplace, exporting agricultural products to over 149 countries in 2012," said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. "Wisconsin now ranks 13th in the nation for the value of agricultural exports, up from 16th in 2011. I applaud the commitment of Wisconsin's agricultural companies to market their high-quality products around the world."
DATCP's Wisconsin International Trade Team helps those agricultural companies achieve exporting success by offering a broad array of services including education seminars, one-on-one consultations, market overview studies, and trade and buyers missions. Assistance is available for the beginner, intermediate or advanced exporter.
Wisconsin's most valuable markets for agricultural products in 2012 were: Canada, Mexico, China, Korea and Japan. Wisconsin's top agricultural export destination in 2012 was Canada, importing $1.45 billion of agricultural products from the state.
The market showing the biggest growth was China with a 49% increase of agricultural product value from Wisconsin in 2012. The most valuable exports to China last year were hides and skins, animal feed and dairy-related products.
China is the primary destination for the animal feed products of Bio-Nutrition International, Inc. in Madison. Last year, Bio-Nutrition's exports of whey permeate, dried distiller grains, soybean meal and other raw material products were excellent and continued to increase. Bio-Nutrition participates in the Branded Program™ with DATCP, which provides cost reimbursement for international marketing activities for food and agricultural products.