LAST YEAR the United States exported an alltime high of 54 billion worth of beef and beef products surpassing the previous record by more than 16 billion

LAST YEAR, the United States exported an all-time high of $5.4 billion worth of beef and beef products, surpassing the previous record by more than $1.6 billion.



U.S. farm exports set another record in 2011

• Grains were the biggest contributor to the overall record, reaching an all-time high of $37.7 billion, a $9.2 billion increase over 2010. • Cotton experienced the biggest year-to-year increase, up 44 percent from 2010, reaching a record $8.5 billion. • Another success story is U.S. beef exports

According to USDA officials, U.S. farm exports reached a record $136.3 billion last year, rising $20.5 billion over the previous record set in 2010.

Exports grew by both volume and value.



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the exports show American agriculture remains a bright spot in the nation’s economy.

 “These figures indicate how demand for the American brand of agriculture continues to soar worldwide, supporting good jobs for Americans across a variety of industries such as transportation, renewable energy, manufacturing, food services and on-farm employment,” Vilsack said.

"During the past three years, the U.S. farm sector has continued to support and create jobs on a consistent basis, strengthening an American economy that's built to last. Every $1 billion in agricultural exports supports 8,400 American jobs, meaning that U.S. farm exports helped support more than 1 million U.S. jobs in 2011." 



Grains were the biggest contributor to the overall record, reaching an all-time high of $37.7 billion, a $9.2 billion increase over 2010.

Cotton experienced the biggest year-to-year increase, up 44 percent from 2010, reaching a record $8.5 billion.

Dairy and pork exports also set records in 2011, reaching $4.8 billion and $6 billion respectively.



"Another success story is U.S. beef exports," said Vilsack.

"Last year, the United States exported an all-time high of $5.4 billion worth of beef and beef products, surpassing the previous record by more than $1.6 billion."



Vilsack credited American agriculture’s innovation and use of the latest technology for achieving a nearly unparalleled level of productivity.



To access the latest export data via the Global Agricultural Trade System, visit http://www.fas.usda.gov/data.asp [3].